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DREW UNIVERSITY UBRARY 



JOURNAL OF THE 

1976 

GENERAL CONFERENCE 

OF 

THE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 

Volume I 



JOURNAL 

OF THE 

1976 

GENERAL CONFERENCE 

OF 

THE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 

Volume I 



HELD AT 
PORTLAND, OREGON 
April 27.May 7, 1976 



Edited by 

JOHN L. SCHREIBER, Journal Editor 

The General Conference of The United Methodist Church 



CERTIFICATION 

This certifies that the following pages constitute the Official 
Journal of the 1976 General Conference of The United Methodist 
Church, held at Portland, Oregon, April 27-May 7, 1976, including 
the Officers, Personnel, Commissions, Committees, Representa- 
tives on Boards and Commissions that acted during the Conference, 
or were elected by them, proceedings of business, communications, 
and other matter ordered printed by the General Conference. 




The General Conference Secretary 
The United Methodist Church 



CONTENTS 



Page 

Title Page 3 

Certification of Journal 4 

Table of Contents 5 

Commission on The General Conference 7 

Local Portland Committee 8 

Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church 10 

The Judicial Council 12 

Officers AND Committees, 1976 General Conf'erence 14 

Secretarial Staff 14 

Ballots and Tellers 15 

Standing Administrative Committees 19 

Interjurisdictional Committee on Episcopacy 22 

Personnel of the General Conference 27 

Alphabetical List of Delegates 95 

Alphabetical List of Reserve Delegates 1 14 

Standing Legislative Committees (Membership) 136 

Plan of Organization and Rules of Order 158 

Episcopal Address 187 



Journal 

Tuesday, April 27, 1976, Afternoon 203 

Evening 235 

Wednesday, April 28, 1976, Morning 242 

Afternoon 268 

Thursday, April 29, 1976, Morning 282 

Friday, April 30, 1976, Morning 288 

Saturday, May 1, 1976, Morning 296 

Monday, May 3, 1976, Morning 308 

Afternoon 328 

Evening 341 

Tuesday, May 4, 1976, Morning 352 

Afternoon 369 

Evening 379 

Wednesday, May 5, 1976, Morning 394 

Afternoon 410 

Evening 424 

Thursday, May 6, 1976, Morning 439 

Afternoon 455 

Evening 473 

Friday, May 7, 1976, Morning 492 

Afternoon 510 

Evening 530 



Appendix 

I, Vote on Constitutional Amendments 577 

II. Decisions of Judicial Council 581 

III. Devotional Addresses and Sermons 758 

IV. Reports of Administrative Committees 819 

V. Reports OF Standing Legislative Committees 1116 

VI. Reports TO THE General Conference 1909 

Index 2169 



HOSTS AND HOSTESSES 

Editor's Note: Addresses are as they were reported at the time of the 1976 
General Conference. Italics denote ministers other than bishops. 

COMMISSION ON THE GENERAL CONFERENCE 

Chairperson: Gene E. Sease, Indiana Central University, Indianapolis, Ind. 46227 
Vice-Chairperson (Facilities): William M. Beatty, Rt. 1, Box 734, Hopwood, Pa. 

15445 
Vice-Chairperson (Program): W. Scott Bozeman, 945 40th Ave., N., St. 

Petersburg, Fla. 33703 
Secretary: J. B. Holt, Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist 

University, Dallas, Texas 75275 

Members 

Boehlke, Mrs. Ruth D., 2135 Kelly Dr., Minneapolis, Minn. 55427 
Cole, Thomas W., Sr., 124 S.W. 23rd St., Gainesville, Fla. 32601 
Dodson, Thurman L., 626 Third St. N.W., Washington, D.C. 20001 
Epps, A. C, 159 Forrest Ave. N.E., Atlanta, Ga. 30303 
Hall, Carl C, 1107 Worthen Bank Bldg., Little Rock, Ark. 72201 
Jefferson, A. G., Allied Arts Bldg., Lynchburg, Va. 24505 
Myers, Paul E., 64 W. Chocolate Ave., Hershey, Pa. 17033 
Smith, Irving L., 222 N.W. 15th, Oklahoma City, Okla. 73103 
Strosahl, M. Stanford, 325 Emerald Terr., Sun Prairie, Wis. 63590 
Thurman, Arthur V., P.O. Box 467, San Francisco, Calif. 94101 
Walker, Marion R., 2751 Poll St., Ventura, Calif. 93003 
Woodring, DeWayne S., 1226 Market Ave. N., Canton, Ohio 44714 

Ex-Officio 

Brawner, R. Bryan (Treasurer), 1200 Davis St., Evanston, 111. 60201 
Conard, Norman L. (Business Manager), 1200 Davis St., Evanston, 111. 60201 

1972-76 Committees 

Executive: Gene E. Sease, Chairperson; William M. Beatty, W. Scott Bozeman, 

R. Bryan Brawner, Norman L. Conard, A. C. Epps, J. B. Holt, A. G. 

Jefferson 
Facilities: William M. Beatty, Chairperson; Ruth D. Boehlke, Norman L. 

Conard, A. C. Epps, J. B. Holt, A. G. Jefferson, Gene E. Sease, Marion R. 

Walker, DeWayne S. Woodring 
Program: W. Scott Bozeman, Chairperson; Thomas W. Cole, Sr., Thurman L. 

Dodson, Paul E. Myers, Irving L. Smith, M. Stanford Strosahl, Arthur V. 

Thurman, Bishop R. Marvin Stuart, Bishop D. Frederick Wertz 
Finance: A. G. Jefferson, Chairperson; William M. Beatty, W. Scott Bozeman, R. 

Bryan Brawner, Norman L. Conard, J. B. Holt, Gene E. Sease 
Badges and Seating: Carl C. Hall, Chairperson; Ruth D. Boehlke, A. G. Jefferson 
Fraternal Delegates: Irving L. Smith, Chairperson; A. C. Epps, Arthur V. 

Thurman 
Literature: Paul E. Myers, Chairperson; Thurman L. Dodson, J. B. Holt 
Housing: Marion R. Walker, Chairperson; Thomas W. Cole, Sr., Carl C. Hall, M. 

Stanford Strosahl 
General Conference Secretary Administration: A. C. Epps, Chairperson; R. 

Bryan Brawner, Norman L. Conard, A. G. Jefferson, Gene E. Sease 
Seating of Delegates: Officers of the Commission on the (General Conference (by 

lot). 



LOCAL COMMITTEE 
PORTLAND, OREGON 

Executive Committee 

Executive Director Earl W. Riddle, 1505 S.W. 18th Ave., 

Portland, Oreg. 97201 

Honorary Chairperson Bishop Jack M. Tuell, 

Portland Area 
Chairperson Herbert C. Hardy, 

Portland, Oreg. 
Vice-Chairperson Mrs. L. D. (Earlene) Anders, 

Portland, Oreg. 

Secretary Mrs. Jeanie Stoppel, Elmira, Oreg. 

Treasurer William J. Huneger, Portland, Oreg. 

Cabinet Representative Henry L. Haines, 

Portland, Oreg. 

Division Committee Chairpersons 

Arrangements and Equipment A. M. (Lon) Burdge, 

Portland, Oreg. 

Entertainment Mrs. Russell (Elizabeth) Watson, 

Portland, Oreg. 

Program H. James Jenkins, Idaho Falls, Idaho 

Housing and Registration WiUiam B. Webber, 

Tigard, Oreg. 

Finance Howard B. Somers, Tigard, Oreg. 

Division Committee Personnel 

ARRANGEMENTS AND EQUIPMENT: 

A. M. (Lon) Burdge, Portland, Chairperson 
Ben Whiteley, Portland, Vice-Chairperson 
Auditorium: Melvin Manley, Portland 
First Aid and Emergency: Robert Ullman, Portland 
Post Office: Guy Miller, Portland 
Secretarial Personnel: Mrs. Sue Gordon, Portland, Chairperson; Margaret 

Mallett, Portland, Vice-Chairperson 
Press, Radio, and Television: Richard Nokes, Portland, Chairperson; Watford 

Reed, Portland, Vice-Chairperson 
Ushers, Pages, and Badges: William H. Lavely, Milwaukie, Oreg., 
Chairperson (Pages); Shedrich Williames, Portland, Vice-Chairperson 
(Ushers) 
Message Center: Mrs Tom (Betty Jane) Hill, Beaverton, Oreg. 
ENTERTAINMENT: 

Elizabeth Watson, Portland, Chairperson 
C. Gene Albertson, Salem, Oreg., Vice-Chairperson 
Transportation: Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Tate, Portland, Co-Chairpersons; 

Denis Lawrence, Estacada, Oreg., Vice-Chairperson 
Welcoming Committee; Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Carlson, Portland, Co- 
Chairpersons; Mr. and Mrs. Ted Loder, Portland; Mr. and Mrs. Leon 
Jourolmon, Portland 
Bishops' Reception: 

Women's Committee: Kay Somers, Portland, Chairperson 
Friendship Centers: Dorenne Uppinghouse, Portland, Chairperson 
Local Transportation and Sight-seeing: Rolla Reedy, Portland (Local 

Transportation); George Azumano, Portland, (Sight-seeing) 
Coffee Hour: Mrs. Marcie Dreschler, Silverton, Oreg. 

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PROGRAM: 

H. James Jenkins, Idaho Falls, Idaho, Chairperson 
Erwin Schwiebert, Caldwell, Idaho, Vice-Chairperson 
Communion Service: Raymond E. Balcom,b, Portland, Chairperson 
Music: Chester V. Earls, Portland, Chairperson 

Oregon-Idaho Celebration: William 0. Walker, Corvallis, Oreg., Chairperson; 
Nancy Fadeley, Eugene, Oreg.; Robert Peters, Eugene, Oreg.; Herbert E . 
Richards, Eugene 
Preaching and Pulpit Assignment: Donald Colbum, Silverton, Oreg., 
Chairperson; T. Askew Crumbley, Bend, Oreg.; Charles W. Easley, The 
Dalles, Oreg. 
HOUSING AND REGISTRATION: 

William B. Webber, Tigard, Oreg., Chairperson 
FINANCE: 

Howard B. Somers, Tigard, Oreg., Chairperson 



ADMINISTRATIVE AND JUDICIAL BODIES 



THE COUNCIL OF BISHOPS 
THE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 

President Bishop W. Ralph Ward 

President- Designate Bishop W. Kenneth Goodson 

Secretary Bishop Ralph T. Alton 

Effective Service in the United States 

Allen, L. Scott, 502 Gay St. S.W., Suite 314, Knoxville, Tenn. 37902 

Alton, Ralph T., 1100 W. 42nd St., Indianapolis, Ind. 46208 

Armstrong, A. James, Berkshire Plaza, 405 N.W. 8th Ave., Aberdeen, S.Dak. 

57401 
Ault, James M., Valley Forge Corporate Center, P.O. Box 820, Valley Forge, 

Pa. 19482 
Blackburn, Robert M., P.O. Box 10955, Raleigh, N.C. 27605 
Cannon, William R., 159 Forrest Ave. N.E., Suite 208, Atlanta, Ga. 30308 
Carleton, Alsie H., 1201 First National Bank Bldg., E., Albuquerque, N.M. 

87108 
Carroll, Edward G., 581 Boylston St., Room 84, Boston, Mass. 02116 
Choy, Wilbur W. Y., 800 Olympic National Bldg., 920 Second Ave., Seattle, 

Wash. 98104 
Clymer, Wayne K., 122 W. Franklin Ave., Minneapolis, Minn. 55404 
Crutchfield, Finis A., 1915 American Bank Bldg., 200 Carondelet St., New 

Orleans, La. 70130 
DeWitt, Jesse R., 325 Emerald Terr., Sun Prairie, Wis. 53590 
Dixon, Ernest T., 4201 W. 15th St., Topeka, Kans. 66604 
Ensley, F. Gerald, 471 E. Broad St., Columbus, Ohio 43215 
Finger, H. Ellis, Jr., The Cavalier Bldg., Room 415, 95 White Bridge Rd., 

Nashville, Tenn. 37205 
Frank, Eugene M., 723 Center St., Little Rock, Ark. 72201 
Galloway, Paul V., 5215 S. Main St., Houston, Texas 77002 
Golden, Charles F., 5250 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, Calif. 90029 
Goodrich, Robert E., Jr., P.O. Box 23037, St. Louis, Mo. 63156 
Goodson, W. Kenneth, 108-110 Methodist Bldg., 4016 W. Broad St., Richmond, 

Va. 23230 
Holter, Don W., 2641 N. 49th St., Lincoln, Nebr. 68504 
Hunt, Earl G., Jr., P.O. Box 12005, Charlotte, N.C. 28205 
Kearns, Francis E., 1226 Market Ave. N., Canton, Ohio 44714 
Loder, Dwight E., 2111 Woodward Ave., Francis Palms Bldg., 8th Floor, 

Detroit, Mich. 48201 
Mathews, James K., 100 Maryland Ave. N.E., Washington, D.C. 20002 
McDavid, Joel D., P.O. Box 1747, Lakeland, Fla. 33802 
Milhouse, Paul W., P.O. Box 60565, 2420 N. Blackwelder, Oklahoma City, Okla. 

73106 
Nichols, Roy C, Benedum-Trees Bldg., 223 4th Ave., Pittsburgh, Pa. 15222 
Robertson, Frank L., 1115 S. Fourth St., Louisville, Ky. 40203 
Sanders, Carl J., 6 Office Park Circle, Suite 301, Birmingham, Ala. 35223 
Slater, 0. Eugene, The Methodist Bldg., 535 Bandera Rd., P.O. Box 28509, San 

Antonio, Texas 78228 

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Stokes, Mack B., The Methodist Bldg., 321 E. Mississippi St., P.O. Box 931, 

Jackson, Miss. 39205 
Stowe, W. McFerrin, 3300 Mockingbird Lane, P.O. Box 8124, Dallas, Texas 

75205 
Stuart, R. Marvin, 330 Ellis St., P.O. Box 467, San Francisco, Calif. 94101 
Taylor, Prince Albert, Jr., Opinion Research Corp. Bldg., N. Harrison St., 

Princeton, N.J. 08540 
Thomas, James S., 1019 Chestnut St., Des Moines, Iowa 50309 
Tuell, Jack M., United Methodist Center, 1505 S.W. 18th Ave., Portland, Oreg. 

97201 
Tullis, Edward L., 1420 Lady St., Columbia, S.C. 29201 
Ward, W. Ralph, United Methodist Center, 210 Boston Post Rd., Rye, N.Y. 

10580 
Warman, John B., 900 S. Arlington Ave., Room 214, Harrisburg, Pa. 17109 
Washburn, Paul A., 77 W. Washington St., Suite 1806, Chicago, 111. 60602 
Webb, Lance, The United Methodist Church, 501 E. Capitol Ave., Springfield, 

111. 62701 
Wertz, D. Frederick, 900 Washington St. E., Charleston, W.Va. 25301 
Wheatley, Melvin E., Jr., 2200 S. University Blvd., Denver, Colo. 80210 
Yeakel, Joseph H., 3049 E. Genesee St., Syracuse, N.Y. 13224 

Central Conference Bishops 

Borgen, Ole E., Sibyllegatan 18, III, 114 42 Stockholm, Sweden 

de Carvalho, EmiUo, Missao Evangelica de Luanda, Caixa Postal 68-C, Luanda, 

Angola, West Africa 
Granadosin, Paul L. A., P.O. Box 87, Baguio City, Philippines 
Haertel, Armin, Evangelisch-Methodistiche Kirche, X 8020 Dresden, 

Wienerstrasse 56, Germany Democratic Republic, Germany 
Joshi, R. D., 22, Club Back Rd., Byculla, Bombay 400008 India 
Lance, Joseph R., 37 Cantonment Rd., Lucknow, U.P. India 
Mitchell, Eric A., 12 Boulevard Rd., Delhi 110006 India 
Muzorewa, Abel T., Box 3408, Salisbury, Rhodesia, Africa 
Onema, Fama, B.P. 560, Kananga, Republique du Zaire, Africa 
Peter, M. Elia, Bishop's Lodge, 5-9 190 Abid Rd., Hyderabad 500001 A. P., India 
Schaefer, Franz W., Badenerstrasse 69, 8026 Zurich, Switzerland 
Sommer, C. Ernst, d-6 Frankfurt/Main 1, Wilhelm-Leuschner Strasse 8, 

Germany 
Warner, Bennie Dequincy, P.O. Box 1010, Monrovia, Liberia, West Africa 
Zunguze, Escrivao A., Caixa Postal 2640, Lourenco Marques, Mozambique, 

Africa 

Retired Bishops 

Barbieri, Sante U., Los Ceibos 56-El Palomar, Prov. Buenos Aires, Argentina, 

S.A. 
Brashares, Charles W., The Georgian, 422 Davis St., Evanston, 111. 60201 
Corson, Fred P., Cornwall Manor-Gateway Apt., Cornwall, Pa. 17016 
Dodge, Ralph E., 3657 W. Nichols St., Rt. 11, Box 485, Springfield, Mo. 65803 
Ferrer, Comelio M., Box 756, Manila, Philippines 
Garrison, Edwin R., Duke Divinity School, Duke University, Durham, N.C. 

27706 (June 1: 1070 W. Jefferson, Franklin, Ind. 46131) 
Hardin, Paul, Jr., P.O. Box 338, Lake Junaluska, N.C. 28745 
Harmon, Nolan B., 998 Springdale Rd. N.E., Atlanta, Ga. 30306 
Heininger, Harold R., 723B Dogwood Ct., Rt. 4, Lebanon, Ohio 45036 
Henley, James W., P.O. Box 2067, Lakeland, Fla. 33803 
Holloway, Fred G., 1301 N. Harrison St., Wilmington, Del. 19806 



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Kaebnick, Hermann W., 65 Woodbine Dr., Hershey, Pa. 17033 

Kennedy, Gerald H., 624-C Avenida SeviUa, Laguna Hills, Calif. 92653 

King, Willis J., 4834 Prentiss Ave., New Orleans, La. 70126 

Ledden, W. Earl, Asbury Village, 401 Russell Ave., Apt. 405, Gaithersburg, Md. 

20760 
Lord, John Wesley, 3590 Gleneagles Dr., Silver Spring, Md. 20906 
Martin, William C, Quapaw Towers, Ninth at Ferry St., Apt. 9-M, Little Rock, 

Ark. 72202 
Mondol, Shot K., 425 Dayton Towers Dr., Apt. 7H, Dayton, Ohio 45410 
Moore, Noah W., 1236 N. Indiana Ave., Atlantic City, N.J. 08401 
MueUer, Reuben H., 1070 W. Jefferson, Apt. E-125, Franklin, Ind. 46131 
Nail, T. Otto, 2509 Wynnewood Dr., Clearwater, Fla. 33515 
Newell, Frederick B., Farmington Woods, 41 Crocus Lane, Avon, Ct., P.O. 

Unionville, Ct., 06085 
Northcott, H. Clifford, The Georgian, 422 Davis St., Evanston, 111. 60201 
Pendergrass, E. J., 15 Lake Hollingsworth, Box 2505, Lakeland, Fla. 33803 
Pickett, J. Waskom, Wesley Glen, 5155 N. High St., Columbus, Ohio 43214 
Pope, W. Kenneth, 3131 Maple Ave., Dallas, Texas 75201 
Pryor, Thomas M., Longboat Harbour, 4440 Exeter Dr., Apt. N-304, Sarasota, 

Fla. 33578 and Rt. 2, East Jordan, Mich. 49727 
Raines, Richard C, 49 Palm Club, South Ocean Blvd., Pompano Beach, Fla. 

33062 and Box 195 Glen Glorious, Glen Arbor, Mich. 49636 
Shaw, A. J., 85 Civil Lines, Bareilly, U.P. India 
Short, Roy H., 835 Neartop Dr., Nashville, Tenn. 37205 
Singh, Mangal, 85 B. Civil Lines, Bareilly, U.P. India 

Smith, John Owen, P.O. Box 18705, 3724 Wieuca Rd. N.E., Atlanta, Ga. 30326 
Sparks, W. Maynard, 5401 Cabrillo Way, Sacramento, Calif. 95820 
Subhan, John A., "Dorothy Villa," Himayatnagar St. No. 19, Hyderguda, 

Hyderabad- 1, India 
Sundaram, Gabriel, Humayun Nagar, Hyderabad 28 A.P. India 
Tippett, Donald H., 45 Southhampton Ave., Berkeley, Calif. 94707 
Valencia, Jose L., c/o Methodist Rural Center, Kidapawan, North Cotabato, 

Philippines 
Voigt, Edwin Edgar, Bayview Manor, 11 W. Aloha St., Seattle, Wash. 98119 
Walton, Aubrey G., Riviera Apartments, Apt. 512, 3700 Cantrell Rd., Little 

Rock, Ark. 72202 
Werner, Hazen G., 16 Walker Ave., Vergennes, Vt. 05491 
Wicke, Lloyd C, 1370 Whiskey Creek Blvd., Fort Myers, Fla. 33901 and 

Hemlock Farms-Lords Valley, Box 1497, Hawley, Pa. 18428 
Wunderlich, Friedrich, 34 Grillparzerstrasse 6, Frankfurt A/M, Germany 
Zottele, Pedro, CasiUa 10222, Santiago, Chile, S.A. 

JUDICIAL COUNCIL 

Officers 

President: Ralph M . Houston, 4905 S. Indian River Dr., Fort Pierce, Fla. 33450 

(July through October: Mt. Tremper, N.Y. 12457) 
Vice-President: Theodore M. Berry, 911 First National Bank Bldg., Cincinnati, 

Ohio 45202 
Secretary: Kathryn Movvrey Grove (Mrs. D. Dwight), 5025 N. Marvine St., 

Philadelphia, Pa. 19141 

Members 

Berry, Theodore M., 911 First National Bank Bldg., Cincinnati, Ohio 45202 
Copher, Charles B., 3340 Lake Valley Rd. N.W., Atlanta, Ga. 30331 



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Edwards, Florence Lucas (Mrs. D. Rex), 144-07 228th St., Rosedale, N.Y. 11413 

Esch, I. Lynd, 3772 S. Pennsylvania St. , Indianapolis, Ind. 46227 

Grove, Kathryn Mowrey (Mrs. D. Dwight), 5025 N. Marvine St., Philadelphia, 

Pa. 19141 
Houston, Ralph M., 4905 S. Indian River Dr., Fort Pierce, Fla. 33450 (July 

through October: Mt. Tremper, N.Y. 12457) 
Matheny, Tom, P.O. Box 221, Hammond, La. 70401 
Potter, Truman W., 919 Chappell Rd., Charleston, W.Va. 25304 
Rupert, Hoover, 212 S. Park St., Kalamazoo, Mich. 49006 

Alternate Members 

Clark, Alva H., 5410 Corby St., Omaha, Nebr. 68104 

Cofftnan, Floyd H., Franklin County Court House, Ottawa, Kans. 66067 

Dolliver, James M., 312 N. Sherman, Olympia, Wash. 98502 

Dmvd, John A., Box 235, Moville, Iowa 51039 

Gilmore, Paul G., 800 First Ave., Williamsport, Pa. 17701 

Gundlach, EUzabeth B. (Mrs. George), 326 E. Main St. , Springville, N.Y. 14141 

HUdebrand, Will M., 5250 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, Calif. 90029 

Hunter, Duncan, 3 The Highlands, Tuscaloosa, Ala 35401 

Madsen, Arnold, St. Olavsgt, 28, Oslo, Norway 

Pascual, Crisolito, Court of Appeals of the Philippines, Maria Orosa St. , Manila, 

Philippines 2801 
Shearer, Paul V., 110 E. Monroe, Washington, Iowa 52353 
Weaver, R. Bruce, P.O. Box 2125, Wichita Falls, Texas 76307 



OFFICERS AND COMMITTEES 

OF 

THE 1976 SESSION 

OF THE 

GENERAL CONFERENCE 

OF THE 

UNITED METHODIST 

CHURCH 

PRESIDING BISHOPS 

(In order of their presiding) 

Bishop W. Ralph Ward 
Bishop H. McFerrin Stowe 
Bishop Francis E. Kearns 
Bishop Paul W. Milhouse 
Bishop Joel D. McDavid 
Bishop L. Scott Allen 
Bishop Jack M. Tuell 
Bishop D. Frederick Wertz 
Bishop Eugene M. Frank 
Bishop Prince A. Taylor, Jr. 
Bishop W. Kenneth Goodson 
Bishop James K. Mathews 
Bishop Ralph T. Alton 
Bishop Roy C. Nichols 
Bishop James S. Thomas 
Bishop 0. Eugene Slater 
Bishop Earl G. Hunt, Jr. 
Bishop Paul A. Washburn 
Bishop Joseph H. Yeakel 
Bishop Charles F. Golden 
Bishop H. Ellis Finger, Jr. 
Bishop Dwight E. Loder 

SECRETARIAL STAFF 

(Italics denote minister) 
General Secretary: J. B. Holt (Central Texas) 
First Assistant: Charles D. White (Western North Cai'olina) 
Second Assistant, Roll Call (E): Gene E. Sease (Western 
Pennsylvania) 

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Second Assistant, Roll Call (M): Roy D. Barton (Rio Grande) 
Coordinator of Calendar: Hobart R. Hildyard (Kansas East) 
Legislative Committee: Harold E. Johnson (Southern 

California- Arizona) 
Petitions: Newell P. Knudson (California-Nevada) 
Documents: Allen M. Mayes (Texas) 
Journal Editor: John L. Schreiber (Southwest Texas) 
Stenographic Pool: Betty Van Dyke (West Ohio) 
Stenographic Assistant: Connie White (Western North Carolina) 
Office Manager: Margaret Ann Holt (Central Texas) 
Registrar: Irma Kellogg (West Ohio) 

Assistant Registrar: Katharine Reeves Knudson (California- 
Nevada) 
Chief Teller-Group A: William M. Beatty (Western Pennsyl- 
vania) 
Chief Teller-Group B: Charles E. Lutrick (Northwest Texas) 

BALLOTS AND TELLERS 

TELLERS— GROUP A 

Chief Teller: William M. Beatty (Western Pennsylvania) 

SECTION A 

Section Captain: Charles Chase (Central New York) 

Reserve Section Captain: C. B. Nightingale (Yellowstone) 

Regular Tellers 

Rows 1-2-3 Beverly Boyden (New Hampshire) 

Rows 4-5-6 James H. McCallum (North Carolina) 

Rows 7-8-9 Robert M. Matheny (Mississippi) 

Rows 10-11-12 Elizabeth S. Brogdon (Southern New Jersey) 

Rows 13-14-15 Sam N. Vamell, Jr. (Holston) 

Rows 16-17-18 Louis W. Schowengerdt (Missouri West) 

Rows 19-20-21 Charles Purdham (Minnesota) 

Reserve Tellers 

Rows 1-2-3 Thomas Moore (East Ohio) 

Rows 4-5-6 James E. Spear (Central New York) 

Rows 7-8-9 Jose R. Velazquez (Northern Illinois) 

Rows 10-11-12 Rhoda A. Peters (Louisville) 

Rows 13-14-15 Eddie Self (North Alabama) 

Rows 16-17-18 Fletcher Carter (South Carohna) 

Rows 19-20-21 Betty Jean Foster (Minnesota) 

SECTION B 

Section Captain: Merwin R. Kurtz (Kansas East) 

Reserve Section Captain: John E. Stumbo (Kansas East) 

Regular Tellers 

Rows 1-2-3 George W. Martin (Little Rock) 

Rows 4-5-6 David H. Andrews (Baltimore) 



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Rows 7-8-9 
Rows 10-11-12 
Rows 13-14-15 
Rows 16-17-18 
Rows 19-20-21 



Rows 1-2-3 
Rows 4-5-6 
Rows 7-8-9 
Rows 10-11-12 
Rows 13-14-15 
Rows 16-17-18 
Rows 19-20-21 



Edwin C. Boulton (Iowa) 

Daniel L. Shearer (Central Pennsylvania) 

Sidney Roberts (Central Texas) 

Lucy Gist (Western North Carolina) 

Raymond R. Lamb (Detroit) 

Reserve Tellers 

David Knecht (North Dakota) 
A. C. Epps (North Georgia) 
Emerson S. Colaw (West Ohio) 
Charles H. Weston, Jr. (West Ohio) 
LilUan A. Sloan (Western Pennsylvania) 
James C. Peters (Western North Carolina) 
John J. Thomas (South Indiana) 



SECTION C 

Section Captain: Carlton P. Minnick, Jr. (Virginia) 

Reserve Section Captain: J. Melvin Brawn (California-Nevada) 

Regular Tellers 

Rows 1-2-3 S. Clifton Ives (Maine) 

Rows 4-5-6 William T. Handy, Jr. (Louisiana) 

Rows 7-8-9 Martha G. Rowlett (California-Nevada) 

Rows 10-11-12 Thomas L. Butts (Alabama- West Florida) 

Rows 13-14-15 Charles E. Hefley (North Indiana) 

Rows 16-17-18 Marilynn Mabee (Southern California-Arizona) 

Rows 19-20-21 Dollie Crist (Florida) 



Reserve Tellers 

Rows 1-2-3 Joel A. Cooper (North Arkansas) 

Rows 4-5-6 Harry Vanderpool (New Mexico) 

Rows 7-8-9 George W. Mayo (South Georgia) 

Rows 10-11-12 Freda Hasler (Southern Illinois) 

Rows 13-14-15 Persis Flint (South Dakota) 

Rows 16-17-18 Ray W. Goens (Texas) 

Rows 19-20-21 Prenza L. Woods (Southwest Texas) 

SECTION D 

Section Captain: George W. Bashore (Eastern Pennsylvania) 

Reserve Section Captain: Ruth Daugherty (Eastern Pennsylvania) 



Rows 1-2-3 
Rows 4-5-6 
Rows 7-8-9 
Rows 10-11-12 
Rows 13-14-15 
Rows 16-17-18 
Rows 19-20-21 



Rows 1-2-3 
Rows 4-5-6 
Rows 7-8-9 
Rows 10-11-12 



Regular Tellers 

Zan Holmes, Jr. (North Texas) 

Charles F. Schoenlein (Northern New York) 

Albert W. Sweazy (Kentucky) 

Clarence Borger (Kansas West) 

Roy E. Blessing (West Virginia) 

William P. Bailey (Memphis) 

Richard V. Moore (Florida) 

Reserve Tellers 

James M. Bell (Tennessee) 
Dolphua Whitten, Jr. (Oklahoma) 
Gordon R. Bender (Wisconsin) 
Jim Waterfield (Northwest Texas) 



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Rows 13-14-15 William M. James (New York) 

Rows 16-17-18 Kenneth W. Hicks (Nebraska) 

Rows 19-20-21 Wayne C. Hess (Central Illinois) 



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TELLERS — GROUP B 

Chief Teller: Charles E. Lutrick (Northwest Texas) 

SECTION A 

Section Captain: Robert L. Homer (Central New York) 

Reserve Section Captain: Thomas L. Cromwell (East Ohio) 

Regular Tellers 

Rows 1-2-3 Ernest R. Drake (New Hampshire) 

Rows 4-5-6 Grier L. Garrick (North Carolina) 

Rows 7-8-9 William 0. Walker (Oregon-Idaho) 

Rows 10-11-12 Charles A. Sayre (Southern New Jersey) 

Rows 13-14-15 John T. Lundy (Holston) 

Rows 16-17-18 Mary A. Hampton (Missouri West) 

Rows 19-20-21 Kathleen Haining (Minnesota) 

Reserve Tellers 

Rows 1-2-3 Herbert A. Cies (Yellowstone) 

Rows 4-5-6 Robert L. Mann (Central New York) 

Rows 7-8-9 Willie B. Clay (Northern Illinois) 

Rows 10-11-12 Fred R. Pfisterer (Louisville) 

Rows 13-14-15 John D. Humphrey, Sr. (North Mississippi) 

Rows 16-17-18 A. McKay Brabham, Jr. (South Carolina) 

Rows 19-20-21 Stanley Hanks (Minnesota) 

SECTION B 

Section Captain: Paul E. Myers (Central Pennsylvania) 

Reserve Section Captain: Robert L. Close (Central Pennsylvania) 

Regular Tellers 

Rows 1-2-3 John Blundell (Little Rock) 

Rows 4-5-6 Martha S. Ross (Baltimore) 

Rows 7-8-9 K. June Goldman (Iowa) 

Rows 10-11-12 Betty L. Nusbaum (Central Pennsylvania) 

Rows 13-14-15 Pat Stroman (Central Texas) 

Rows 16-17-18 Jerry D. Murray (Western North Carolina) 

Rows 19-20-21 Jane Schairer (Detroit) 



Reserve Tellers 

Rows 1-2-3 Sherman B. Eckel (Western New York) 

Rows 4-5-6 T. Cecil Myers (North Georgia) 

Rows 7-8-9 William, K. Messmer (West Ohio) 

Rows 10-11-12 Sara E. Cox (West Ohio) 

Rows 13-14-15 Kenneth P. Rutter (Western Pennsylvania) 

Rows 16-17-18 Wesley Bailey (Western North CaroHna) 

Rows 19-20-21 James K. Forbes (South Indiana) 



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SECTION C 

Section Captain: Paul A. Duffey (Alabama-West Florida) 

Reserve Section Captain: Blaine E. Taylor (Southern New England) 



Rows 1-2-3 
Rows 4-5-6 
Rows 7-8-9 
Rows 10-11-12 
Rows 13-14-15 
Rows 16-17-18 
Rows 19-20-21 



Rows 1-2-3 
Rows 4-5-6 
Rows 7-8-9 
Rows 10-11-12 
Rows 13-14-15 
Rows 16-17-18 
Rows 19-20-21 



Regular Tellers 

Inger Abbott (Maine) 

Mary A. Compton (Louisiana) 

Frances Hernandez (California-Nevada) 

Coleman H. McGehee (Alabama-West Florida) 

Virgil V. Bjork (North Indiana) 

Richard W. Cain (Southern California-Arizona) 

Charles H. Stewart III (Florida) 

Reserve Tellers 

Robert D. Cheyne (North Arkansas) 

Lucille Burkhalter (New Mexico) 

G. Ross Freeman (South Georgia) 

Felton E. May (Peninsula) 

Earl H. Butz (South Dakota) 

Hallie Morton (Texas) 

Tom Reavley (Southwest Texas) 



SECTION D 

Section Captain: Eugene J. Moore (Central Illinois) 

Reserve Section Captain: Ellen R. Hanna (Central Illinois) 

Regular Tellers 

Rows 1-2-3 Judy M. Gilreath (North Texas) 

Rows 4-5-6 Arthur B. Oot, Jr. (Northern New York) 

Rows 7-8-9 Cornelius R. Hager (Kentucky) 

Rows 10-11-12 Marvin D. McReynolds (Kansas West) 

Rows 13-14-15 Ramsey M. Bridges (West Virginia) 

Rows 16-17-18 Joe Pevahouse (Memphis) 

Rows 19-20-21 Alfred A. Hedburg (Florida) 

Reserve Tellers 

Rows 1-2-3 Robert H. Spain (Tennessee) 

Rows 4-5-6 John W. Russell (Oklahoma) 

Rows 7-8-9 C. David Lundquist (West Michigan) 

Rows 10-11-12 Darris L. Egger (Northwest Texas) 

Rows 13-14-15 Vivian P. Overton (New York) 

Rows 16-17-18 Jose Galindo (Rio Grande) 

Rows 19-20-21 W. Harold Loyd (Central IlHnois) 

DAILY CHRISTIAN ADVOCATE 

Roger Burgess Editor 

William C. Henzlik Executive Editor 

Sandra Jean Brown Managing Editor 

John A. Lovelace News Editor 

Robert C. Goss Assistant Editor 

Newtonia V. Harris Assistant Editor 

James A. Miner Assistant Editor 

C. E. Thompson Production Manager 

Warren P. Clark Business Manager 

Institutional Electronics, Inc Official Reporters 



STANDING ADMINISTRATIVE COMMITTEES 

{Italics denote minister) 

AGENDA 

Chairperson: Douglas F. Verdin (New York) 
Vice-chairperson: Willie B. Clay (Northern Illinois) at large 
Secretary: Yvonne Ferris (Nebraska) at large 
Members: E. Allen Bailey (North Mississippi) 

W. Scott Bozeman (Florida) Commission on the General Conference 

Melvin Brawn (California-Nevada) 

Elliot Clive (Delhi) 

Lee Drinkard (North Georgia) at large 

Leroy C. Hodapp (South Indiana) Calendar Committee Chairperson 

E. Russell Praetorius (Minnesota) 

J. Kenneth Shamblin (Texas) 

Thomas Whitehead (Oregon-Idaho) • 

CALENDAR 

Chairperson: Leroy C. Hodapp (South Indiana) 
Vice-chairperson: C. R. Hager (Kentucky) 
Secretary: Jeanie Stoppel (Oregon-Idaho) 
Member: James Egan (Oklahoma) 

CORRELATION AND EDITORIAL REVISION 

Chairperson: Alvin J. Lindgren (Wisconsin) 
Members: Bishop L. Scott Allen (Holston Area) 

John Bergland (West Ohio) 

Emory S. Bucke (Southern New England) ex officio 

Faith Richardson (Southern New England) 

COURTESIES AND PRIVILEGES 

Chairperson: Helen Fannings (Northern Illinois) 
Vice-chairperson: Donald D. Fenner (Wisconsin) 
Secretary: Thomas P. Grissom (California-Nevada) 
Members: Merlin Conoway (North Mississippi) at large 

Norma Eby (Pacific Northwest) at large 

Eunice Harrington (Nebraska) 

Zan Holmes, Jr. (North Texas) 

David Knecht (North Dakota) at large 

Marilynn Mabee (Southern California-Arizona) 

G. Jackson Miller (Central Pennsylvania) 

T. Cecil Myers (North Georgia) 

William Patrick (Louisiana) at large 

Rhoda Peters (Louisville) 

Edgar Singer (Wyoming) 

Gustav Soiland (Norway) 

CREDENTIALS 

Chairperson: Tal Oden (Oklahoma) 

Vice-chairperson: Dorothy Patch (Oregon-Idaho) 

Secretary: William B. Grove (Western Pennsylvania) at large 

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Members: Robert Byler (West Ohio) 

Wm. V. S. Tubman, Jr. (Liberia) 

H. L. Watson (North Carolina) 

C. Dale White (Southern New England) 

FRATERNAL DELEGATES 

Chairperson: Paul A. Duffey (Alabama- West Florida) 

Vice-chairperson: Alfred L. Norris (Louisiana) 

Secretary: J. Clinton Hawkins (Missouri East) at large 

Members: Marlene Cummins (Southern Illinois) 

Mary Lou DeVeaux (Western Pennsylvania) 

Harry Schneidereit (German Democratic Republic) 

Irving L. Smith (Oklahoma) Commission on the General Conference 

Barbara Wilde (Pacific Northwest) 

JOURNAL 

Chairperson: Fred H. Coots (Southern California-Arizona) 
Vice-chairperson: Martha Watson (North Texas) 
Secretary: A. McKay Brabham, Jr. (South Carolina) 
Members: Andre Bahule (Southeast Africa) 

Earl H. Butz (South Dakota) 

Sherman Eckel (Western New York) 

DeWane Zimmerman (Southern California-Arizona) at large 

PLAN OF ORGANIZATION AND RULES OF ORDER 

Chairperson: Thomas L. Cromwell (East Ohio) 
Vice-chairperson: Joyce D. Sohl (Rocky Mountain) at large 
Secretary: Jerry G. Bray, Jr. (Virginia) 
Members: David Andrews (Baltimore) at large 

Bervin Caswell (New Mexico) 

Inez Christentery (Louisiana) at large 

J. B. Holt (Central Texas) General Conference Secretary 

Charles Jarvis (Northern Illinois) at large 

William Persons (Rocky Mountain) 

Melvin Risinger (West Virginia) 

Hermann Sticher (South Germany) 

PRESIDING OFFICERS 

Chairperson: Jameson Jones (Rocky Mountain) 
Vice-chairperson: Richard V. Moore (Florida) 
Secretary: Martha S. Ross (Baltimore) 
Members: Kathryn Carroll (California-Nevada) 

Theo Gsell (Switzerland-France) 

Ernest Lee (Southern New Jersey) 

C. David Lundquist (West Michigan) 

Allen M. Mayes (Texas) at large 

George Mayo (South Georgia) at large 

Raiji Rathod (Gujarat) 

Robert Tolbert (East Ohio) at large 

Walter Underwood (Central Texas) 

Charles D. White (Western North Carolina) 

John Wolfe (North Indiana) 

Elaine Woodworth (Pacific Northwest) at large 

Wesley Wulfkuhle (Kansas East) 



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REFERENCE 

Chairperson: William P. Bailey (Memphis) 
Vice-chairperson: Prenza L. Woods (Southwest Texas) 
Secretary: Jane Schairer (Detroit) 
Members: Clifford Bingham (South Indiana) at large 

Franklin Blackstone, Jr. (Western Pennsylvania) at large 

R. Jervis Cooke (Peninsula) 

W. T. Handy, Jr. (Louisiana) at large 

Robert Knupp (Central Pennsylvania) 

Sam McConnell (Holston) 

Charles Mercer (North Carolina) at large 

Martha Rowlett (California-Nevada) 

Erwin Schwiebert (Oregon-Idaho) 

Wayne Shoemaker (Iowa) 

John Stumbo (Kansas East) 

COMMISSION ON THE GENERAL CONFERENCE 
1980 GENERAL CONFERENCE 

Chairperson: William M. Beatty (Western Pennsylvania) at large 
Vice-chairperson (Facilities): A. C. Epps (North Georgia) 
Vice-chairperson (Program): Paul E. Myers (Central Pennsylvania) 
Secretary: Ruth D. Boehlke (Minnesota) 
Members: 
Class of 1980: 

Ruth D. Boehlke (Minnesota) 
W. Scott Bozeman (Florida) 

A. C. Epps (North Georgia) 
Carl C. Hall (Little Rock) 

Paul E. Myers (Central Pennsylvania) 
Arthur V. Thurman (California-Nevada) 
DeWayne S. Woodring (East Ohio) 

Class of 198 A: 

Gene P. Crawford (South Indiana) 

B. C. Goodwin, Jr. (New Mexico) 
Bert Jordan (Mississippi) 

Nelson Slants (Western Pennsylvania) at large 

Barbara Thompson (Baltimore) 

Elizabeth Watson (Oregon-Idaho) 

Jean L. Wickett (Southern California-Arizona) at large 

At Large (elected by the Commission): 

William M. Beatty (Western Pennsylvania) 
M. Stanford Strosahl (Wisconsin) 

Ex officio: 

J. B. Holt, Secretary (Central Texas) 

Ewing T. Way land, Treasurer (North Arkansas) 



INTERJURISDICTIONAL COMMITTEE 
ON EPISCOPACY 

(Par. 612.1 — "The persons elected by their respective delegations to serve on 
the several jurisdictional Committees on Episcopacy shall meet jointly at the time 
of the General Conference, constituting an Interjurisdictional Committee on 
Episcopacy, not later than the fifth day of the conference session and at the time 
and place set for their convening by the president of the Council of Bishops and 
shall elect from their number a chairperson, vice-chairperson, and secretary. The 
function of this joint committee shall be to discuss the possibility of transfers of 
bishops across jurisdictional lines at the forthcoming Jurisdictional Conferences 
for residential and presidential responsibilities in the ensuing quadrennium. It 
shall elect an executive committee consisting of the officers named above and two 
ministers and two lay persons from each jurisdictional committee, elected by that 
committee to conduct consultations with bishops and others interested in possible 
episcopal transfers. The executive committee shall be responsible to the 
interjurisdictional committee.") 

(Italics denote ministerial members) 

NORTH CENTRAL JURISDICTION 

Bender, Gordon R Wisconsin 

Bjork, Virgil V North Indiana 

Boda, Harold L West Ohio 

Boulton, Edwin C Iowa 

Burrous, Kermit North Indiana 

Byler, Robert A West Ohio 

Clay, Willie B Northern Illinois 

Cromwell, Thomas L East Ohio 

Flint, Mrs. Persis South Dakota 

Forbes, J. Kenneth South Indiana 

Foster, Betty Jean Minnesota 

Hasler, Mrs. Freda Southern Illinois 

Knecht, David F North Dakota 

Lamb, Raymond R Detroit 

Lundquist, C. David West Michigan 

Moore, Thomas P East Ohio 

Nestler, Frank H Central Illinois 

Oehler, Carolyn Northern Illinois 

Pittenger, Richard D South Dakota 

Pohl, Keith I West Michigan 

Purdham, Charles Minnesota 

Reeves, Richard E Central Illinois 

Roberts, Leigh Wisconsin 

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Schairer, Mrs. Jane Detroit 

Shearer, Paul V Iowa 

Sundin, Robert North Dakota 

Thomas, John J South Indiana 

Wagner, Boyd E Southern Illinois 

NORTHEASTERN JURISDICTION 

Abbott, Mrs. Inger H Maine 

Andrews, David H Baltimore 

Barto, Mrs. Reta Eastern Pennsylvania 

Bashore, George W Eastern Pennsylvania 

Blackstone, Franklin, Jr Western Pennsylvania 

Boyden, Beverly New Hampshire 

Brogdon, Elizabeth S Southern New Jersey 

Chapman, A. Frank Peninsula 

Collins, Claude R West Virginia 

Cooper, Earle N Troy 

Drake, Ernest R New Hampshire 

Eckel, Sherman B Western New York 

Freites, Moises Puerto Rico 

Hernandez, Victoria Puerto Rico 

Holland, Bettilou Northern New Jersey 

Homer, Robert L Central New York 

Ives, S. Clifton Maine 

James, William M New York 

Kite, Joseph H. , Jr Western New York 

Lanning, Dean A Northern New Jersey 

Mann, Robert L Central New York 

May, Felton E Peninsula 

Oot, Arthur B., Jr Northern New York 

Overton, Vivian P New York 

Patton, Luther A Troy 

Plummer, Kenneth H Central Pennsylvania 

Roberts, Roger G West Virginia 

Ross, Mrs. Martha S Baltimore 

Rutter, Kenneth P Western Pennsylvania 

Sayre, Charles A Southern New Jersey 

Schoenlein, Charles F Northern New York 



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Shearer, Daniel L Central Pennsylvania 

Thompson, Walter L Southern New England 

Wert, James A Wyoming 

White, C. Dale Southern New England 

Woodfield, Harry C Wyoming 

SOUTH CENTRAL JURISDICTION 

Blake, Bruce Kansas West 

Blundell, John Little Rock 

Burkhalter, Lucille F New Mexico 

Compton, Mrs. Mary A Louisiana 

Cooper, Joel A North Arkansas 

Galindo, Jose Rio Grande 

Garza, Oscar 0., IV Rio Grande 

Gih-eath, Mrs. Judy M North Texas 

Goens, Ray W Texas 

Hampton, Mrs. Mary A. (Vice-chairperson) Missouri West 

Handy, William T., Jr Louisiana 

Hardin, Nadine (Secretary) North Arkansas 

Hayes, Clare J Kansas East 

Hicks, Kenneth W Nebraska 

Martin, George W Little Rock 

McMullin, Nancy Missouri East 

McReynolds, Marvin D Kansas West 

Outler, Albert C North Texas 

Roberts, Sidney Central Texas 

Russell, John W Oklahoma 

Schowengerdt, Louis W Missouri West 

Shamblin, J. Kenneth Texas 

Stroman, Pat Central Texas 

Stumbo, John E Kansas East 

Trotter, Clifford E Northwest Texas 

Urbom, Warren K Nebraska 

Vanderpool, Harry New Mexico 

Walker, James Southwest Texas 

Ward, John W., Jr Missouri East 

Waterfield, Jim Northwest Texas 

Whitten, Dolphus, Jr Oklahoma 

Woods, Prenza L Southwest Texas 

SOUTHEASTERN JURISDICTION 

Bailey, Wesley Western North Carolina 

Bailey, William P., Jr Memphis 



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Bell, James Tennessee 

Berry, George L North Mississippi 

Brabham, A. McKay, Jr South Carolina 

Carter, Fletcher South Carolina 

Conaway, Merlin D North Mississippi 

Dekle, Joe B North Georgia 

Duffey, Paul A Alabama-West Florida 

Garrick, Grier L North Carolina 

Hager, Cornelius R Kentucky 

Hedberg, Alfred A Florida 

Hutcherson, Guy K South Georgia 

Lee, Miss Alice F Alabama- West Florida 

Leggett, J. W., Jr Mississippi 

Lundy, John T Holston 

Mayo, George W South Georgia 

McCallum, James H North Carolina 

Minnick, Carlton P., Jr Virginia 

Montgomery, Allen D North Alabama 

Montgomery, Ed North Alabama 

Moore, Richard V Florida 

Myers, T. Cecil North Georgia 

Peters, Mrs. Rhoda A Louisville 

Pevahouse, Joe Memphis 

Pfisterer, Fred R Louisville 

Smith, Mrs. Marshall Mississippi 

Spain, Robert H Tennessee 

Sweazy, AlbeH W Kentucky 

Vamell, Sam N Holston 

Walker, W. Roland Virginia 

White, Charles D Western North Carolina 

WESTERN JURISDICTION 

Cain, Richard Southern CaUfomia-Arizona 

Carroll, Kathryn California-Nevada 

Droke, Clifford California-Nevada 

Finkbeiner, Melvin M Pacific Northwest 

Herbert, Hugh S Yellowstone 

Johnston, Mrs. Paul Rocky Mountain 

Mabee, Marilynn Southern California-Arizona 

Mills, Ardilla Yellowstone 



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PoUhojf, Harvey H. (Chairperson) Rocky Mountain 

Schwiebert, Erwin Oregon-Idaho 

Stevens, Robert W Pacific Northwest 

Walker, William Oregon-Idaho 



PERSONNEL OF 

THE 1976 SESSION 

OF THE 

GENERAL CONFERENCE 

OF 

THE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 



VOTING DELEGATES 

The annual conferences are listed alphabetically. The names of the delegates 
appear as they were furnished by the secretaries of the respective annual 
conferences, with the names of ministerial delegates and reserves in italics. The 
chairperson of the delegation is indicated by an asterisk (*). The number in 
parentheses indicates legislative committee assignment. (E) denotes former 
Evangelical United Brethren Church affiliation. All others are former 
Methodists. 

The figure after each annual conference heading is the number of delegates in 
the delegation and is followed by the abbreviation for its jurisdiction or OS for 
conferences outside the United States. 



AGRA (2) OS 

Section D, Row 8, Seats 10-11 
*Sagar, Sisa M. (3); Area Secretary; 4/B Battery Lane, Delhi, 110 054 India 
Charles, Samuel (2); Hostel Superintendent; Ingraham Institute; Ghaziabad, 
U.P. India 

Reserves 

Singh, Baldeo; Sec, Council of Social Concern; 3349 Christian Colony, Karol 

Bagh, New Delhi, 110 005 India 
Michael, Raj K.; Director; Ingraham Institute, Ghaziabad, U.P. India 



ALABAMA-WEST FLORIDA (12) SE 

Section C, Rows 10-11, Seats 1-6 
Dujfey, Paid A. (4); Minister; P.O. Box 6150, Montgomery, AL 36106 
Butts, Thomas L. (5); District Superintendent; 301 Azalea Circle, Dothan, AL 

36301 
Vickers, John E. (6) District Superintendent; 128 Russell Dr., Selma, AL 36701 
Mixson, Rex M. (7); District Superintendent; 3680 Bayou Blvd., Pensacola, FL 

32503 
Sublette, Roy T. (1); District Superintendent; P.O. Box 765, Demopolis, AL 36732 
Dickerson, E. RobeH (9); Minister; 6 E. Wright St., Pensacola, FL 32501 
*Lee, Alice F. (2); Attorney; P. 0. Box 278, Monroeville, AL 36460 
McGehee, Coleman H. (3); Manufacturer; P.O. Box 570, Auburn, AL 36380 
Barrow, Mrs. Opal (1); Housewife; 296 Oakdale Ave., Crestview, FL 32536 
Abbott, William H. (6); Realtor; 900 E. Moreno St., Pensacola, FL 32503 
Campbell, Foy (10); Merchant; 3636 Farrar St., Montgomery, AL 36105 
Cooper, Kenneth (8); Attorney; P.O. Box 1000, Bay Minette, AL 36507 

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Reserves 

Bradley, Cecil E.; Minister; Box 2742, Cloverland Station, Montgomery, AL 

36105 
Kimbrough, Lloyd H.; District Superintendent; Box 306, Marianna, FL 32446 
Walker, Richard J.; Minister; 2271 St. Stephens Rd., Mobile, AL 36617 
Spencer, Lester H.; Minister; Rt. 10, Box 47-A, Montgomery, AL 36106 
Hall, Billy F.; Minister; Box 385, Jackson, AL 36545 
Sigler, Richard 0.; Minister; Box 1506, Dothan, AL 36301 
Hildreth, John; Student; P.O. Box 1275, Enterprise, AL 36330 
Butts, Harold; Building Supply; 100 Baratars Dr., Chickasaw, AL 36611 
Stone, Ms. Louise; Realtor; Box 607, Ft. Walton Beach, FL 32536 
Cleveland, Howard; Merchant; 458 Walnut St., Centreville, AL 35042 
Stewart, Mark; Dir. of Christian Education; Box 4607, Mobile, AL 36604 
Floyd, William; Educational Therapist; Box 462, Marion, AL 36756 

ANGOLA (2) OS 

Section C, Row 2, Seats 10-11 
Soares, Noe D.; Quessua Bible School; C. P. 9, Malange, Angola 
deFreitas, Magalhaes J.; Conference Lay Leader; C. P. 9, Malange, Angola 

Reserves 

Miguel, Julio J.; Director, Luanda Sta.; C. P. 68-C, Luanda, Angola 
Femandes, Domingo F.; Lay Leader; C. P. 9, Malange, Angola 

BALTIMORE (20) NE 

Section B, Rows 5-6, Seats 1-10 

Andrews, David H. (E) (8); District Superintendent; 513 W. Hills Dr., Frederick, 

MD 21701 
Stith, Forrest C. (5); Dir. of Outreach; 3406 Dennlyn Rd., Baltimore, MD 21215 
Yingling, L. Carroll, Jr. (1); District Superintendent; 20 Millstone Rd., 

Randallstown, MD 21133 
Barger, Rebecca K. (3); Minister; 4228 Falls Rd., Baltimore MD 21211 
Shearer, Wilson A. (E) (4); Minister; 1131 Oak Hill Ave., Hagerstown, MD 21740 
Williams, Frank L. (4); Minister; 3801 South Dakota Ave. N.E., Washington, 

DC 20018 
Johnson, Harold G., Sr. (2); District Superintendent; 309 St. Dunstan's Rd., 

Baltimore, MD 21212 
Doggett, Herbert L. D. (6); Minister; 10209 Gary Rd., Potomac, MD 20854 
Cooney, C. Douglas (10); District Superintendent; 403 Idlewilde Rd., Bel Air, 

MD 21014 
Drennan, Merrill W. (7); District Superintendent; 6104 Winnebago Rd., 

Washington, DC 20016 
*Ross, Martha S. (6); Conf. Missionary Sec. (volunteer); Fair Haven, Rt. 1, Box 

276, Dunkirk, MD 20754 
Underwood, Harry K. (3); Attorney; 10302 Ridgemoor Dr., Silver Spring, MD 

20901 
Thompson, Barbara R. (7); Federal Gvt. Employee; 11215 0akleaf Dr., Apt. 1902, 

Silver Spring, MD 20901 
Talley, James F. W. (2); Dir., Conf. Council on Ministries, 516 N. Charles St., 

Room 412, Baltimore, MD 21201 
Lavery, Barbara W. (1); Homemaker, Volunteer Church Worker; 8 Tanglewood 

Rd., Baltimore, MD 21228 
Dodson, Thurman L. (10); Attorney; 4007 Massachusetts Ave. S.E., Washington, 

DC 20019 



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Jones, Everett R. (8); Mechanical Contractor; Damascus, MD 20750 
Mann, Charles L. (E) (5); Retired; 106 E. Melrose Ave., Baltimore, MD 21212 
Wicklein, Helen F. (9); Homemaker; Cromwell Bridge Rd., Baltimore, MD 21234 
Thompson, Annie R. (9); Baltimore Public School Adm.; 1525 Appleton St., 
Baltimore, MD 21217 

Reserves 

Lewis, Edward B.; District Superintendent; 7202 Lois Lane, Lanham, MD 20801 
Rohrbaugh, Laveme E. (E); Minister; 2205 Reddfield Dr., Falls Church, VA 

22043 
Wright, Harold B.; Minister; 200 School Lane, Linthicum Heights, MD 21090 
Niner, Charles E.; Assoc. Council Dir. of Ministry; 9109 St. Andrews PL, College 

Park, MD 20740 
Doggett, Carroll A., Jr.; District Superintendent; 417 N. Chapelgate Lane, 

Baltimore, MD 21229 
Miller, Levi B., Jr.; District Superintendent; 1710 Vemum St. N.W., 

Washington, DC 20011 
Hammersla, Edgar W.; District Superintendent; 725 Holly Dr. N., AnnapoUs, 

MD 21401 
Bishop, William E.; Minister; 3309 South Dakota Ave. N.E., Washington, DC 

20018 
Tyson, Kenneth A.; Minister; 5816 Conway Rd., Bethesda, MD 20034 
Kopp, Lamar W. (E); Minister; 7507 Windsor Mill Rd., Baltimore, MD 21207 
Rife, Carl B. (E); Minister; Rt. 7, Frederick, MD 21701 
Stames, Thomas C; Minister; 6804 Calverton Dr., Hyattsville, MD 20782 
Blickenstaff, Thomas C. (E); Real Estate; 121 Coffman Ave., Hagerstown, MD 

21740 
Hannah, Joseph E. (E); Farmer; Rt, 1, Rohrersville, MD 21779 
Bell, Wilmer V.; Retired School Adm.; 702 Kingston Rd., Baltimore, MD 21212 
Stansbury, William E.; Attorney; 508 Club Lane, Towson, MD 21204 
Roach, Joan G.; Regional Leader, Church & Society; 605 S. Queen St., 

Martinsburg, WV 25401 
Perry, Hilda M.; School Counselor; 1712 16th St. N.W., Apt. 201, Washington DC 

20009 
Vandenburg, Paul D.; Student; 40 Grant St., Cresaptown, MD 21502 
Smallwood, Louise M.; Retired Teacher; 2006 Whittier Ave., Baltimore, MD 

21217 
Butler, PhyUis P.; Homemaker; Rt. 6, Box 130, Martinsburg, WV 25401 
Frank, John R. (E); Horticulturist; Rt. 1, Mt. Airy, MD 21771 
Zeigler, Charles H.; Western Electric Supv.; Rt. 9, Box 367-D, Pasadena, MD 

21122 
Powell, Blanche R.; Retired Schoolteacher; 3521 Lynchester Rd., Baltimore, MD 

21215 



BENGAL (2) OS 

Section C, Row 1, Seats 10-11 
*Baidya, Sukumar (5); Supt. of Hospital; 13 Raja Subodh Mullick Square, 

Calcutta 700 013 India 
Gill, Rehmat Masih (2); Business; 37 Creek Row, Calcutta 700 014 India 



Reserves 

Lai, Mohan; The Methodist Church, Gomoh, Bihar, India 

Dutta, Barun; Principal of Institute; 140 Lenin Sarani, Calcutta 700 013 India 



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BOMBAY (2) OS 

Section A, Row 14, Seats 7-8 
Harris, Justin N. (2); District Superintendent; Robinson Memorial, 13 Sankli St., 

BycuUa, Bombay 400 008 India 
Ratnam, Darsi J. (10); Service; 8 Nalla Mansions, L.N. Road, Matunga, Bombay 

400 019 India 

Reserves 

Dass, John B.; Pastor; Centenary Methodist Church, Grant Rd. , Bombay 400 007 

India 
Adhav, Shantwan S.; Retired Asst. Presidency Postmaster; 22/24 Type II 

Special, Central Govt. Quarters, Ghatkoper West, Bombay 400 096 India 

BRITISH METHODIST (4) OS 

Section C, Row 12, Seats 9-12 
*Stacey, John (7); Exec; Methodist Publishing House; 1 Central Bldgs., 

Westminster, London SW 1 England 
Baker, Blanche M. (9); Minister; Whitworth House, Dale Rd. N., Danley Dale, 

Matlock, England 
Miller, John I. (2); Former Vice-Pres., Conf. Lothlorien; 25 Merriefield Dr., 

Broadstone, Dorset BH 18 8BW England 
Norgate, Jennifer (4); Student; International House, Jacksonville State 

University, Jacksonville, AL 36265 

CALIFORNIA-NEVADA (12) W 
Section C, Rows 8-9, Seats 1-6 
*Rowlett, MaHha G. (1); Minister; 625 Hamilton, Palo Alto, CA 94301 
Droke, Clifford S. (7); Minister; P.O. Box 875, Campbell, CA 95008 
Moore, John V. (4); District Superintendent; 2320 Dana, Berkeley, CA 94704 
Thurman, AHhur V. (2); Conf. Council Dir.; P.O. Box 467; San Francisco, CA 

94101 
Grissom, Thomas P. (3); District Superintendent; 2763 Cheryl Ann Ct., San Jose, 

CA 94124 
Wake, Lloyd K. (9); Minister; 330 Ellis St., 2nd Floor, San Francisco, CA 94102 
Brawn, J. Melvin (E) (6); Electrical Engineer; 1149 Jamestown, Sunnyvale, CA 

94087 
Webber, Frank (7); Retired; 149 Morning Sun, Mill Valley, CA 94941 
Carroll, Kathryn (5); Pres., Conf. U.M.W.; 2124 Blackwood, Walnut Creek, CA 

94596 
Hernandez, Frances- (9); Dir., Mission de Amor; 1101 Meadows, Bakersfield, CA 

93306 
Williams, Gwendolyn B. (10); Personnel Technician; 1620 Sterling Way, Reno, 

NV 89502 
LaPoint, Kathy (8); College Student; 2810 Redwood Rd., Napa, CA 94558 

Reserves 

Thomas, Glenda C; Minister; 650 El Camino, Sacramento, CA 95815 
Anderson, Booker T.; Exec. Dir., J.S.A.C; 5016 Nunn Ave., Richmond, CA 

94804 
Barron, Jose 0.; Minister; P.O. Box 733; Selma, CA 93662 
Shaner, Harry E.; Conf. Treasurer; P.O. Box 467, San Francisco, CA 94101 
Mott, Bernard E. (E); Minister; 5151 Argyle, Richmond, CA 94803 
Chang, Jonah J.; Exec. Dir., Nat. Fed. Asian-Amer. Meth.; 330 Ellis St., Room 

508, San Francisco, CA 94102 



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Hayward, C. Douglas; Minister; 625 Hamilton, Palo Alto, CA 94301 

Yoshina, Shizue; Consultant, Public Education; 1700 Laurential Way, Sunnyvale, 

CA 94087 
Snyder, Sydney G.; Student; 350 Budd Ave., Apt. C-8, Campbell, CA 95008 
Atkinson, George H.; Pres., Construction Co.; 10 W. Orange, South San 

Francisco, CA 94080 
Taylor, Jo; Dir., M.A.S.C; 2801 Westchester, Modesto, CA 95350 
Doyle, Penny; Student; 5660 Harold Way, Sacramento, CA 95822 
Winne, Don W.; Attorney; Insurance Div., Nye Bldg., Carson City, NV 89701 
Cunningham, Molly E.; Homemaker; 1000 Ivy Lane, Fortuna, CA 95540 



Jurisdictional Reserve* 

Cosby, J. William (E); Business; 75 River Knoll, Carmichael, CA 95608 



CENTRAL ILLINOIS (18) NC 

Section D, Rows 19-20, Seats 4-12 

*Moore, Eugene J. (E) (2); Dir., Council on Ministries, 1211 N. Park St., P.O. 

Box 3153, Bloomington, IL 61701 
Hess, Wayne C. (E) (6); District Superintendent; 210 W. Mulberry, Normal, IL 

61761 
Loyd, W. Harold (4); Minister; 201 W. North St., Decatur, IL 62522 
Nestler, Frank H. (8); Minister; 631 S. Grand W., Springfield, IL 62704 
Jones, Donald J. (5); Minister; 212 E. 10th St., Gibson City, IL 60936 
Krech, Walter D. (2); Minister; 611 Magnolia Dr., Rochester, IL 62563 
linger, E. Paul (10); Minister; 814 Jersey Ave., Normal, IL 61761 
Mcintosh, Burt A. (7); Minister; 308 E. Main St., Clinton, IL 61727 
Ekin, Floy J. (3); Minister; 1601 Charleston Ave., Mattoon, IL 61938 
Hanna, Ellen R. (7); Homemaker; Little York, IL 61453 
Bertholf, Lloyd M. (3); Retired College Pres.; 307 Phoenix Ave., Bloomington, IL 

61701 
Downie, Gerald L. (5); Physician; 1480 Cobb Blvd., Kankakee, IL 60901 
Womeldorff, Porter J. (E) (6); System Plan. Supv., 111. Power Co.; 433 S. 

Westdale, Decatur, IL 62522 
Rountree, Alvin L. (8); Archivist, State of 111., 133 Greencastle Circle, 

Springfield, IL 62707 
Woodruff, Mary Eleanor (9); Nursing Instructor; 505 Hamilton St., Washington, 

IL 61571 
Kennedy, Anna F. (1); Homemaker; P.O. Box 42, Rossville, IL 60963 
Barnes, Bryce (10); Farmer; R. R. 1, Chatham, IL 62629 
Reeves, Richard E. (4); Vice-Pres. of Sales, Decatur Pump Co.; 425 Karen Dr., 

Decatur, IL 62526 

Reserves 

Lawler, Larry L.; Council on Ministries; 1211 N. Park St., Box 3153, 

Bloomington, IL 61701 
Wilkey, John C; Minister; Box 287; Pittsfield, IL 62363 
Pitcher, Dale E.; District Superintendent; Box 3434, Country Fair Station, 

Champaign, IL 61820 
Mason, Joseph A.; District Superintendent; Box 434, Jacksonville, IL 62651 
Thomburg, Robert W.; Assoc. Gen. Sec, Board of Higher Education & Ministry; 

Box 871, Nashville, TN 37202 



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Gallaway, Ira; Minister; 116 N.E. Perry Ave., Peoria, IL 61603 

Catlin, Dale (E); Minister; 1315 Court St., Pekin, IL 61554 

NoHh, Jack B.; Minister; 210 W. Church St., Champaign, IL 61820 

Dees, David P.; District Superintendent; 417 Crestmore Ave. E., Mattoon, IL 

61938 
Emsmler, Sharon N.; Wesley Foundation, 111. State Univ.; 211 N. School, 

Normal. IL 61761 
Long, A. Lewis (E); Farmer; R. R. 4, Monmouth, IL 61462 
Gordon, Jinny; Homemaker; 863 S. Greenwood Ave., Kankakee, IL 60901 
Sheldon, Mark L.; Staff, Church Center for U.N.; 777 U.N. Plaza, 8th Floor, 

New York, NY 10017 
Heitzman, Eldon H.; Insurance Agent; 1319 E. Vernon, Normal, IL 61761 
Terwilliger, Edith R.; Grad. Asst. Univ. of 111.; 1008 Broadmoor, Champaign, IL 

61820 
Leighton, Mildred L. (E); Homemaker; 1626 Baird Ave., Galesburg, IL 61401 
Goddard, George; Farm Mgt. Consultant; 1206 Cambridge Dr., Champaign, IL 

61820 
Ghitalla, Jack P.; Banker; 307 S. Prairie, Knoxville, IL 61448 
Griffin, Karen J.; Student; Edinburg, IL 62531 
Heiser, Leslie W.; Retired State of 111. Supv.; R. R., Fisher, IL 61843 

CENTRAL NEW YORK (8) NE 

Section A, Row 6, Seats 1-8 

Homer, Robert L. (3); District Superintendent; 85 Maxwell Ave., Geneva, NY 

14456 
Spear, James E. (4); Minister; Box 340, Ovid, NY 14521 
Swales, William R. (6); Minister; 424 S. Main St., Elmira, NY 14904 
McCune, Robert J. (8); Minister; 402 N. Aurora St., Ithaca, NY 14850 
*Mann, Robert L. (1); Schedule Coordinator; 26 Bigelow Ave., Dundee, NY 

14837 
Chase, Charles (5); Supt. of Schools; 13 Orchard Dr., Corning, NY 14830 
Milligan, Thomas (7); Banker; 30 Morningside Dr., Cortland, NY 13045 
Hayward, Mrs. Rachel (2); Homemaker; 854 Euclid Ave., Elmira, NY 14901 

Reserves 

Stephenson, Sheldon B.; District Superintendent; 3049 E. Genesee St., Syracuse, 

NY 13224 
Love, John L.; Minister; 106 Church St., N. Syracuse, NY 13212 
Lee, Vernon L., Jr.; District Superintendent; 711 Fassett Rd., Elmira, NY 14905 
Odom, Warren G.; Conference Exec; 3049 E. Genesee St., Syracuse, NY 13224 
Totten, Bonnie; Homemaker; 203 Washington St., Fayetteville, NY 13066 
Robinson, Mary Margaret; Homemaker; 10 Rosewood Dr., Penn Yan, NY 14527 
Facer, Catherine (E); Homemaker; Bohner Rd., R.D. 2, Phelps, NY 14532 
Karstetter, Bruce R.; Real Estate; 201 Pine St., Corning, NY 14830 

CENTRAL PENNSYLVANIA (20) NE 

Section B, Row 12, Seats 1-12 

Section C, Row 12, Seats 1-8 

Shearer, Daniel L. (E) (2); Dir., Conf. Council on Ministries; 3920 Woodvale Rd., 

Harrisburg, PA 17109 
Close, Robert L. (E) (5); District Superintendent; R. D. 1, Box 213, Lewisburg, 

PA 17837 
Stambach, Arthur W. (E) (3); District Superintendent; 931 Wallace Ave., 
Chambersburg, PA 17201 



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Guinivan, Thomas W. (E) (7); District Superintendent; 2836 Eastwood Dr., 

York, PA 17402 
Higgins, David R. (E) (9); Minister; 407 E. Main St., Shiremanstown, PA 17011 
Myers, Paul E. (6); Minister; 64 Chocolate Ave., Hershey, PA 17033 
Treese, Donald H. (4); Minister; 112 Mooreland Ave., Carlisle, PA 17013 
Taylor, John P. (8); District Superintendent; 1326 Montfort Dr., Harrisburg, PA 

17110 
Fetterman, Brian A. (1); Minister; 216 State St., Harrisburg, PA 17101 
Welliver, H. Richard (10); District Superintendent; 2908 Union Ave., Altoona, 

PA 16602 
Nusbaum, Betty L. (E) (7); Conf. Treasurer-Comptroller; 4551 Sequoia Dr., Apt. 

A-265, Harrisburg, PA 17109 
Close, Phyllis E. (E) (3); Housewife; R. D. 1, Box 213, Lewisburg, PA 17837 
Gilmore, Paul G. (E) (8); Retired; 800 First Ave., Williamsport, PA 17701 
Page, Conrad M., Jr. (E) (6); Management Officer; R. D. 1, Etters, PA 17319 
Heilman, Geraldine B. (E) (9); Housewife; 2366 Marydale, Williamsport, PA 

17701 
*Plummer, Kenneth (5); Contractor; 930 Leidig Dr., Chambersburg, PA 17201 
Edgar, Charies E. (2); Executive; 3808 Bonnyview Rd., Harrisburg, PA 17109 
Knupp, Robert E. (10); Attorney; 3205 Elm St., Harrisburg, PA 17109 
Bailey, Doreen (1); Housewife; 1237 Mayberry Lane, State College, PA 16801 
Lady, R. Andrew (4); Dir. of Inst. Rel. and Asst. to Pres.; Lycoming College, 

Williamsport, PA 17701 

Reserves 

Woods, William F. (E); Minister; 600 S. Main St., Red Lion, PA 17356 
Stambach, Paul E. (E); Minister; 131 Center St., Mt. Wolf, PA 17347 
Springman, Thomas R. (E); Minister; 40 Conway St., Carlisle, PA 17013 
Cole, Calvin H. (E); Minister; 702 Hilltop Dr., New Cumberiand, PA 17070 
Keller, Charles W., Jr. (E); Minister; 4339 N. 3rd St., Harrisburg, PA 17110 
Zimmerman, Elwood C; Minister; 129 Maple Rd., Harrisburg, PA 17109 
Howes, John B.; Professor; 4400 Massachusetts Ave. N.W., Washington, DC 

20016 
Meredith, Victor K.; District Superintendent; 48 Wain St., Wellsboro, PA 16901 
Hopkins, Martin W.; Minister; 27 W. Kershaw St., York, PA 17402 
Saxe, Jay A.; Minister; 808 Fourth St., Altoona, PA 16601 
Mariowe, H. Leroy (E); Professor; 1620 S. Allen St., State College, PA 16801 
Ritter, Ralph M. (E); General Contractor; 321 N. 28th St., Camp Hill, PA 17011 
Brubaker, John D. (E); Rural Carrier; 75 Roundtop Rd., Middletown, PA 17057 
Keller, Gloria (E); Postal Clerk; Windsor, PA 17366 

Miller, G. Jackson; Wholesale Florist; 1784 Bellemeade Dr., Altoona, PA 16602 
Burket, Marjorie; Housewife; 303 Curtin St., Osceola Mills, PA 16666 
Horn, Russell, Sr.; Engineer; 1270 Brockie Dr., York, PA 17403 
Reed, David L.; Administrator; United Methodist Homes, Lewisburg, PA 17837 
Gorman, Fran S.; Assoc. Christian Educator; 2401 Cambridge Rd., York, PA 

17402 
Worthington, Mrs. Hariey; Retired; 714 Elmira St., Williamsport, PA 17701 



CENTRAL TEXAS (10) SC 

Section B, Rows 15-16, Seats 1-5 
*Roberts, Sidney (4); District Superintendent; 1500 W. 5th, Suite 4B, Fort 

Worth, TX 76102 
Underwood, Walter L. (7); Minister; 800 W. 5th, Fort Worth, TX 76102 



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Henry, Luther W., Sr. (8); Dir., Conf. Council on Ministries; P.O. Box 9168, 

Fort Worth, TX 76107 
Greenwaldt, William M. (10); District Superintendent; P.O. Box 1665, 

Brownwood, TX 76801 
Pike, Don M. (9); Minister; 7301 Glenview, Fort Worth, TX 76118 
Stroman, Pat (3); Pharmaceutical Rep.; P.O. Box 7309, Waco, TX 76710 
Grogan, Roy; Lawyer; M & F Bank, Weatherford, TX 76086 
Bums, Mrs. Marjorie (5); Teacher; Box 817, Crawford, TX 76638 
Wonders, Dr. Alice (6); College Professor; 4512 Meadowbrook, Fort Worth, TX 

76103 
Mahon, Eldon B. (1); Federal Judge; 4167 Sarita Dr., Fort Worth, TX 76109 

Reserves 

Meier, H. F., Jr.; District Superintendent; 5105 Brentwood-Stair, Fort Worth, 

TX 76112 
Riley, Jack; Minister; Box 1276, Corsicana, TX 75110 
Darnell, James W.; Minister; Box 88, Graham, TX 76046 
Ogden, John; Minister; 3321 W. Park Row, Arlington, TX 76013 
Phillips, J. D.; Minister; 2860 Evans, Fort Worth, TX 76134 
Dahnke, Mrs. Juanita; Housewife; 3401 Buffalo Tr., Temple, TX 76501 
Bane, Mrs. Ruby (2); Housewife; P.O. Box 67, Weatherford, TX 76086 
Meier, Mrs. Jean; Housewife; 5105 Brentwood-Stair, Fort Worth, TX 76112 
CarroU, B. F.; Accountant; 3821 Wharton, Fort Worth, TX 76133 
Evans, Eddie; 912 Faulkner, Waco, TX 76704 



CENTRAL ZAIRE (2) OS 

Section C, Row 13, Seats 10-11 
*Ashema, Mukandu D. (2); District Superintendent; B.P. 226 Lodja, Rep. Zaire 
Onema, Ekoko L. (9); Pres. of W.S.C.S.; B.P. 560 Kananga, Rep. Zaire 

Reserves 

Djundu, Lungi P.; Director; B.P. 560 Kananga, Rep. Zaire 
Okit'Ukusa, Koy; Nurse; B.P. 560 Kananga, Rep. Zaire 



CZECHOSLOVAKIA (2) OS 

Section B, Row 3, Seats 11-12 
*Frankovsky, Miroslav (6); Minister; 101 00 Praha 10, Ulice 23. pluku 15, 

Czechoslovakia 
Malac, Vlastislav (3); Research; 130 00 Praha 3, Klucinam 5, Czechoslovakia 

Reserves 

Zak, Vladislav A.; 586 01 Jihlava 1, Leninova 13, post, prihr. 69, Czechoslovakia 
Schneeberger, Vilem; Superintendent; Jecna Ul. 19, Praha, Czechoslovakia 
Buresova, Mrs. Marta; 100 00 Praha 1, Ul.K.Svetle 18, Czechoslovakia 



DELHI (2) OS 

Section B, Row 5, Seats 11-12 
*Clive, Elliot D. (5); Minister; Centenary Methodist Church, 24 Lodi Rd., New 

Delhi 110 003 India 
Seymour, Alick Spurzin (7); Fin. Advisor, Min. of Labour; A-429 Defence Colony, 

New Delhi 110 024 India 



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Reserves 

Lai, James; Minister; Christ Church, 1 Butler Rd., Delhi 110 054 India 
Chatterjee, Abhinash Chander; Govt. Service; 285, Old Post Office Lane, 
Shahdara, Delhi 110 032 India 



DENMARK (2) OS 

Section B, Row 1, Seats 7-8 
Kristoffersen, Erik; Laegardsvej; 72, 7500 Holstebro, Denmark 
Bjemo, Henning (8); Press Officer; Birketoften 7, Hareskov, 3500 Vaerloese, 
Denmark 

Reserves 

*Kyst, Erik (10); Minister; Stohkusade 2, 1317 Copenhagen K., Denmark 
Rasmussen, Poul; Minister; Alexandragade 8, 5000 Odense C, Denmark 
Jorgensen, Niels Chr.; Manager; Tietgens Plads 6, 8000 Aarhus C, Denmark 
David, Mrs. Anna; High School Teacher; Snebaervej 1, 8270 Hoejbjerg, Denmark 



DETROIT (18) NC 

Section B, Row 20, Seats 1-6 

Section B, Row 21, Seats 1-12 

*Lamb, Raymond R. (4); Minister; 320 W. Seventh, Royal Oak, MI 48067 

Blomquist, Paul F. (6); District Superintendent; 303 Paterson Bldg., Flint, MI 

48502 
White, Woodie W. (2); Exec. Sec, Comm. on Religion & Race; 100 Maryland Ave. 

N.E., Washington, DC 20002 
HoHon, RobeH E. (E) (5); Minister; 8650 Canal Rd., SterHng Heights, MI 48087 
Duncan, Edward L. (3); Minister; 140 E. Flint St., Lake Orion, MI 48035 
Bristah, James W. (1); District Superintendent; 800 Francis Palms Bldg., 

Detroit, MI 48201 
Price, Carl E. (7); Minister; 310 W. Main St., Box 466, Midland, MI 48640 
Grenfell, John N. (8); District Superintendent; Box 367, Marquette, MI 49855 
Callis, Kenneth R. (10); Minister; 225 W. Court St., Flint, MI 48502 
Schairer, Jane (6); Homemaker; 50 N. Parker Rd., Dexter, MI 48130 
Norris, Irene T. (5); Homemaker; 2024 Earlmont Rd., Berkley, MI 48072 
Luciani, Janet (1); Student; 743 Hancock St., Hancock, MI 49930 
Hitchcock, WilHam C. (3); Businessman; 22688 Maple Ct., Hazel Park, MI 48030 
Spafford, Frieda (E) (7); Homemaker; 657 W. Oakridge, Ferndale, MI 48220 
Starr, James A. (4); Employee, Buick Motor Co.; 829 E. Ninth St., Flint, MI 

48503 
Karls, Harold M. (2); Lawyer; 20 Hammond, Saginaw, MI 48602 
Sikkenga, Jean S. (9); Homemaker; 2409 N. Vermont, Royal Oak, MI 48073 
Good, Mary (8); Teacher; 16260 Ohio, Detroit, MI 48221 

Reserves 

Smith, NorbeH W.; District Superintendent; 1228 Sixth St., Box 1025, Port 

Huron, MI 48060 
Kellermann, Garfield H. (E); Minister; 1310 N. Main St., Lapeer, MI 48446 
Ward, RobeH P.; District Superintendent; P.O. Box 34, Ann Arbor, MI 48107 
McCallum, Marvin H.; Minister; 141 New Delta Ave., Manistique, MI 49854 
Shipley, Anthony J.; Conf. Program Dir.; Francis Palms Bldg., 8th Floor, 

Detroit, MI 48201 
Johns, Carol J.; Minister; 4790 Gratiot Ave., Saginaw, MI 48603 
Robinson, William T.; Minister; 1001 Green St., Ann Arbor, MI 48105 



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Bamsey, Alfred T.; Minister; 6363 Livemois, Troy, MI 48084 
Clark, Donald J.; Manufacturer's Rep.; 3883 S. Millerway, Birmingham, MI 48010 
Zimmerman, Paton M.; Engineer; 9536 Faust, Detroit, MI 48228 
Borradaile, Earl E.; Judge; 601 Maxine Dr., Davison, MI 48423 
Strong, Evelyn L.; Mortgage Counselor; 35 Trowbridge, Detroit, MI 48202 
Westphal, Roy; Automotive Inspector; 306 Tamarak, Davison, MI 48423 
Thompson, Lionel E.; Businessman; 2961 McGill, Marlette, MI 48453 
Sain, Doris; Newspaper Reporter; 6216 O'Toole, Mt. Morris, MI 48458 
Middleton, Wayne B. (E); Engineer, Mich. Bell; 7612 Amboy Rd., Dearborn, MI 
48127 



EAST OHIO (24) NC 

Section A, Rows 2-3, Seats 1-12 

Cromwell, Thomas L. (6); District Superintendent; 3000 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, 

OH 44115 
Burge, Donald (5); District Superintendent; 107 N. Marietta St., St. Clairsville, 

OH 43950 
Dailey, Charles (7); Minister; 702 Main St., Wintersville, OH 43952 
Zagray, Allan (E) (4); Minister; 1675 Hopley Ave., Bucyrus, OH 44820 
Brandyberry, Abraham (E) (6); Minister; 2521 12th St. N.W., Canton, OH 44708 
Tolbert, Robert (10); District Superintendent; 251 E. Mill St., Akron, OH 44308 
Nees, Forrest (9); Minister; 309 N. Park Ave., Warren, OH 44481 
Courtney, Robert (3); Staff, Conf. Council on Ministries, 1300 S. Main St., Suite 

100, North Canton, OH 44720 
Hulit, Kenneth (E) (2); Dir., Conf. Council on Ministries, 1300 S. Main St., Suite 

100, North Canton, OH 44720 
Wagner, Blake (E) (8); Minister; 230 S. Main St., Mansfield, OH 44903 
Dunn, Van Bogard (4); Dean, N.T. Prof., Methodist Theological School in Ohio; 

Delaware, OH 43015 
Myers, Calvin (1); Minister; 170 Seminary St., Berea, OH 44017 
*Moore, Thomas P. (E) (7); Broadcasting Exec; Box 789, Bucyrus, OH 44820 
Zimmerman, Virgil (E) (3); Mail Carrier, Farmer; North Lawrence, OH 44666 
Clymer, Betty (E) (2); Homemaker; 250 Cedarwood Dr., Lexington, OH 44904 
Chittum, John (1); Retired College Prof.; 722 N. Bever St., Wooster, OH 44691 
White, Leonard (3); Du*., Educational Resource Center; 428 Ellen Ave. S.W., 

New Philadelphia, OH 44663 
Cooke, Bernadine (9); Retired Schoolteacher; 13060 Forest Rd., Burton, OH 

44021 
Lang, Francis (6); Lawyer; Highland Colony, P.O. Box 103, E. Liverpool, OH 

43920 
Glasgow, Francis (8); Compound Dev. Lab, Firestone; 3755 Martha Rd., Kent, 

OH 44240 
Clary, Doris (E) (10); Volunteer Worker; Rt. 2, Bucyrus, OH 44820 
Bonds, Alfred (4); Pres., Baldwin-Wallace College; Berea, OH 44017 
Jackson, Leslie (8); Truck Driver; 107 Hanna Ave., Adena, OH 43901 
Dammann, Arlene (5); Homemaker; 2360 Renwick Dr., Poland, OH 44514 

Reserves 

Kirk, AHhur R.; Minister; 635 W. Maple, Clyde, OH 43410 

Drake, Richard; Minister; 245 W. Portage Trail, Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44221 

Bailey, Paul C; District Superintendent; 30 W. Front St., Youngstown, OH 

44503 
McCartney, William; Minister; 1919 E. 107th St., Cleveland, OH 44106 
Butler, Avery; Minister; 608 N. Crandon Ave., Niles, OH 44446 



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Chisholm, Walter (E); District Superintendent; 125 E. Erie St., Painesville, OH 

44077 
Brown, Walter P.; Staff, Council on Ministries; 125 N. Ninth St., Cambridge, OH 

43725 
Kelley, Robert; Minister; 13606 Abell Ave., Cleveland, OH 44120 
Snyder, Robert; Minister; 18 S. Gamble St., Shelby, OH 44875 
Hess, John; Minister; 263 E. Mill St., Akron, OH 44308 
Taylor, Thomas; Minister; 23002 Lake Shore Blvd., Euclid, OH 44123 
Buchanan, John; Minister; 18 N. Gay St., Mt. Vernon, OH 43050 
Hahn, Robert (E); Minister; 5930 State Rd., Parma, OH 44134 
Wright, David (E); District Superintendent; 125 N. Ninth St., Cambridge, OH 

43725 
Hogg, William; Minister; 243 N. Market St., Wooster, OH 44691 
Crouch, Edward; Attorney; 22780 Fairmont Blvd., Shaker Hgts., OH 44118 
Spieth, Sharon; Homemaker, Teacher; 33248 Redwood Blvd., Avon Lake, OH 

44012 
Maxwell, Cecil; Owner-Mgr., Dairy & Ice Cream Plant; 329 E. Main St., 

Cardington, OH 43315 
Dunlap, Catherine; Homemaker; 129 Forest View Dr., Wintersville, OH 43952 
Boyer, Gene (E); Realtor Assoc; 304 N. Turner Rd., Youngstown, OH 44515 
Hayes, Melvin (E); Mgr., Int. Acctg., Goodyear Tire; 662 Shook Rd., Akron, OH 

44319 
Green, Mareyjoyce; Assoc. Prof. Soc, Cleveland State Univ., 16116 Judson Dr., 

Cleveland, OH 44128 
Hamilton, Beverly; Retired R.N., Homemaker; 116 W. Third St., Dover, OH 

44662 
Lyons, Judith; Homemaker; 353 N. Washington St., Delaware, OH 43015 
Secrest, Halleck; Retired School Supt.; 840 Walnut St., Caldwell, OH 43724 
Starbuck, Joseph; Optometrist; P.O. Box 270, Willard, OH 44890 
Achberger, Madge; Homemaker; 995 Highland Ave. , Gallon, OH 44833 
Robinson, Albert; Arc Welder; 861 Fairfax, Youngstown, OH 44505 
Forrest, Peggy (E); Resource Consultant; 1072 Chalker St., Akron, OH 44310 
Monbarren, Thelma; Homemaker, News Corres.; 29 E. Main St., Dalton, OH 

44618 



EASTERN PENNSYLVANIA (16) NE 

Section D, Rows 3-4, Seats 1-8 

*Bashore, George W. (E) (3); District Superintendent; 1103 Whitfield Blvd., 

Whitfield, Reading, PA 19609 
Hostetter, Mark J. (E) (9); Minister; 477 Hamilton Blvd., Morrisville, PA 19067 
Nichols, Henry H. (10); Minister; 328 W. EarlhamTerr., Philadelphia, PA 19144 
Walley, F. Lewis (4); Minister; 1900 Elder St., Reading, PA 19604 
Longenecker, Robert P. (E) (5); District Superintendent; 872 N. Parkway Rd., 

Allentown, PA 18104 
Cherry, William T. (7); Minister; 1111 McGrann Blvd., Lancaster, PA 17601 
Peiffer, Harold S. (E) (6); District Superintendent; 9650 Pine Rd., Philadelphia, 

PA 19115 
Kerr, Charles S. (1); Minister; 2005 Robindale Ave., Lancaster, PA 17601 
Daugherty, Ruth (E) (8); Homemaker; 35 Wilson Dr., Lancaster, PA 17603 
Quickel, Harold H. (E) (7); Gen. Pur. Agent, Hamilton Tech.; 128 Atkins Ave., 

Lancaster, PA 17603 
Barto, Reta (2); Homemaker; 123 W. 46th St., Reading, PA 19606 
Nicholson, Anne (5); Homemaker; 2336 S. Ninth St., Allentown, PA 18103 
Albright, Mark (E) (1); College Student; 1750 Fairview St., Reading, PA 19606 



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Shroyer, Lawton (E) (4); Pres., Shroyer's Dress Mfgs.; 515 Dewart St., 

Shamokin, PA 17872 
Ether, Horace F. (10); Retired; 715 Hemlock Rd., Media, PA 19063 
Schoenly, Claude (3); Retired; 829 Hershel Rd., Philadelphia, PA 19116 

Reserves 

Edmonds, Claude A.; District Superintendent; 2447 N. 56th St., Philadelphia, 

PA 19131 
Daugherty, Robert M. (E); Minister; 35 Wilson Dr., Lancaster, PA 17603 
Aughinbaugh, Harry E. (E); Conf. Consultant Staff; 801 Boxwood Circle, 

Warminster, PA 18974 
Weigel, Charles E., Jr. (E); Minister, Conf. Sec; 10 W. Famum St., Lancaster, 

PA 17603 
Hassinger, Susan W. (E); Minister; 911 N. 25th St., Reading, PA 19606 
Sponsler, Melvin G., Jr. (E); Minister; 1856 Sherwood St., Allentown, PA 18103 
Hippel, George N.; Conf. Consultant Staff; 209 Rodney Circle, Bryn Mawr, PA 

19010 
Sharp, William A.; District Superintendent; 1992 Park Plaza, Lancaster, PA 

17601 
Neely, RobeH M.; Minister; 300 E. Brown St., E. Stroudsburg, PA 18301 
Dodge, Carlton (E); Dir., Alumni Rel., Albright College; 817 Floret Ave., 

Riverview Park, Reading, PA 19605 
Sample, Frederick P. (E); Pres., Lebanon Valley College; Annville, PA 17003 
Quickel, Olive (E); Homemaker; 128 Atkins Ave., Lancaster, PA 17603 
Weaver, Dorothy (E); Homemaker; 529 Fifth Ave., Denver, PA 17517 
Knisley, Roger (E); C.P.A.; 204 Elm St., Annville, PA 17003 
Herr, Philip, II; Attorney, Herr, Potts & Herr; 1701 Arch St., Philadelphia, PA 

19103 
Schimmel, Harrie G.; Conf. Treasurer-Business Adm.; 139 Schoolhouse Rd., 

Lancaster, PA 17603 
Hagan, Theodore; Item Mgt. Specialist, U.S. Govt.; 831 E. Rittenhouse St., 

Philadelphia, PA 19138 
Luff, William G.; Adm. Head, Wesbury Book Store; 1709 Arch St., Philadelphia, 

PA 19103 



FLORIDA (26) SE 

Section C, Rows 19-20, Seats 1-12 

Section D, Rows 19-20, Seat 1 

Hedberg, Alfred A. (5); District Superintendent; 2935 Washington Rd., West 

Palm Beach, FL 33405 
Cleveland, Millard C. (3); District Superintendent; P.O. Box 2625, Lakeland, FL 

33803 
Rutland, Walter B. (7); District Superintendent; P.O. Box 315, DeLand, FL 

32720 
Knox, J. Lloyd (7); Minister; P.O. Box 1247, Tampa, FL 33601 
Zimmerman, Gene (4); Minister; 142 E. Jackson St., Orlando, FL 32801 
Newman, Ernest W. (6); District Superintendent; P.O. Box 250, Melbourne, FL 

32901 
Bozeman, W. Scott (2); District Superintendent; 945 40th Ave. N., St. 

Petersburg, FL 33703 
Rowan, James C. (6); District Superintendent; 225 E. Duval St., Jacksonville, 

FL 32202 
Navas, Hector (E) (9); Dir., Methodist Centers; 3305 15th St., Tampa, FL 33605 
Gibbs, M. McCoy (8); Program Dir.; P.O. Box 3767, Lakeland, FL 33802 



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McDonell, C. Durward (10); District Superintendent; P.O. Box 12144, University 

Station, Gainesville, FL 32604 
Huston, Ralph B. (1); Minister; 100 S.E. 2nd Ave., Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33301 
Kalaf, Walter N. (4); Minister; 3723 Bay to Bay Blvd., Tampa, FL 33609 
* Moore, Richard V. (4); College Pres.; 248 N. Lincoln St., Daytona Beach, FL 

32015 
Crist, Dollie (5); 100 Concourse Dr., Tequesta, FL 33458 
Fogle, Beth A. (1); Student; 215 W. Minnesota, DeLand, FL 32720 
Revels, P. B. (1); Circuit Judge; P.O. Drawer 250, Palatka, FL 32077 
Gray, Ethel M. (3); Farmer; P.O. Box 36, Hastings, FL 32045 
Fanning, 0. B. (8); Conf. & College Public Relations; 1015 S. Mississippi Ave., 

Lakeland, FL 33803 
Furman, Frank H., Jr. (3); Gen. Ins. & Real Estate; P.O. Box 1927, Pompano 

Beach, FL 33061 
Wilcox, Barbara B. (5); P.O. Box 3767, Lakeland, FL 33802 
Cook, Polly L. (9); Dir., Wesley Foundation; 9000 S.W. 62nd Ct., Miami, FL 

33156 
Sowder, Jimmy (10); Lay Evangelist; Box 77, Oriando, FL 32802 
Stewart, Charies H., Ill (6); Student; 3512 Shamrock Ct., Oriando, FL 32806 
Watson, OUve B. (2); Housewife; P.O. Box 96, Wildwood, FL 32785 
Cole, T. Winston (7); Dean, Univ. of Florida; 124 S.W. 23rd St., Gainesville, FL 

32601 

Reserves 

Simmons, Eldon; District Superintendent; 42 E. Jackson St., Orlando, FL 32801 
HaHsfield, Paul L.; District Superintendent; P.O. Box 38, Sarasota, FL 33578 
Bledsoe, RobeH D.; Minister; 1126 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala, FL 32670 
Roughton, William W.; Minister; P.O. Box 579, Delray Beach, FL 33444 
Buell, Harold E.; Minister; 457 1st Ave. N., St. Petersburg, FL 33701 
Sweat, J. Marvin, Jr.; Minister; P.O. Box 1138, St. Petersburg, FL 33731 
Rankin, Victor L.; Assoc. Council Dir.; P.O. Box 3767, Lakeland, FL 33802 
West, C. Eugene; Minister; 7600 S.W. 104th St., Miami, FL 33156 
Hatch, Monroe C; District Superintendent; P.O. Box 3092, Tampa, FL 33601 
Rooks, John J.; Minister; 419 N.E. First St., Gainesville, FL 32601 
Hamilton, Charles P.; Minister; P.O. Box 698, Pompano Beach, FL 33061 
Norman, Edward W.; Minister; P.O. Box 1086, Tallahassee, FL 32302 
Mackay, Donald M.; Minister; 700 N. Lake Howard Dr., Winter Haven, FL 

33880 
McBride, Patrick W.; District Superintendent; P.O. Box 402097, Miami Beach, 

FL 33140 
Dell, Roosevelt, Jr.; Minister; 1342 12th St., West Palm Beach, FL 33401 
Grant, John A., Jr. (E); Attorney; 10025 Orange Grove Dr., Tampa, FL 33618 
Hatch, Lee E.; Prof. Volunteer; 7500 S.W. 84th Ct., Miami, FL 33157 
Tisdale, Mrs. Inez S.; Accountant, Sec.-Treas. Juris. U.M.W.; 501 N. Ocean St., 

Jacksonville, FL 32202 
Hughlett, William S.; Retired Med. Missionary; 809 Indian River Dr., Cocoa, FL 

32922 
Redstone, Ray; Asst. Postmaster; 2148 33rd Ave., Vero Beach, FL 32960 
Meadows, William A.; Judge; 6101 S.W. 76th St. S., Miami, FL 33143 
Cash, Richard L.; Student; 1518 Belleau Wood Dr., Tallahassee, FL 32303 
Blackburn, A. B., Jr.; Attorney; American Heritage Life Bldg., Jacksonville, FL 

32202 
Pearce, Charies W.; Chemical Engineer; P.O. Box 3, Homestead, FL 33030 
Goodwin, Edith; Dir., Board of Higher Education & Ministry; P.O. Box 871, 

Nashville, TN 37202 



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Sapp, Florence L.; Educational Asst.; 4444 5th Ave. N., St. Petersburg, FL 

33713 
Pearson, C. Dade; Dentist; 500 N.E. 78th St., Miami, FL 33138 
Goff, Hardin A.; Southern Bell Installation Supt.; 8549 Santalia Ave., 

Jacksonville, FL 32211 
Burney, Harry L., Jr.; College Adm.; 413 Frederick Ave., Daytona Beach, FL 

32014 
Buhrman, Doris; 304 Kerneywood Dr., Lakeland, FL 33803 

Jurisdictional Reserve* 

Winters, John E. (E); Minister; Jacksonville, FL 32210 



GERMAN DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC (4) OS 

Section A, Row 14, Seats 1-4 
*Hawemann, Gerhard (E) (6); Minister; 1034 Berlin, Gubener Str. 23, Germany 

DDR 
Meier, Karl (8); Minister; 95 Zwickan, Lessingstr. 6, Germany DDR 
Enke, Karl-Heinz (E) (3); Doctor; 25 Rostock 1, An der Hasenbak 2, Germany 

DDR 
Schneidereit, Harry (1); Uhrmachermeister; 110 Berlin, Joh.-R.-Becher-Str. 24, 

Germany DDR 

Reserves 

hanger, Horst (E) ; Minister; 89 Gorlitz, Herbert-Balzer-Str. 7, Germany DDR 
Riedel, Gerhard; Minister; 75 Cottbus, Virchowstr. 41, Germany DDR 
Schlechte, Erhard (E) ; Professor; 703 Leipzig, An der Tabaksmuhle 50, Germany 

DDR 
Schroeder, Harry; Ingenieur; 927 Hohenstein-Emstthal, Lutherstr. 6, Germany 

DDR 



GUJARAT (2) OS 

Section A, Row 10, Seats 7-8 
Rathod, Raiji M. (3); Exec. Sec, Council of Evangelism; Methodist Church, 

Maninagar, Ahmedabad 380 008 India 
Rathod, John B. (6); Service; Chakravati Falia, Anand, Gujarat, India 

Reserves 

Singh, Joseph; District Superintendent; Methodist Church, Umreth, Kaira Dt. 

Gujarat, India 
Parmar, Chandrakant J.; District Superintendent; Methodist Church; Anand, 

Gujarat, India 
Chawhan, Jayanand I.; District Superintendent; "Canaan" near Khadayata Col., 

Ahmedabad 380 006 India 
Gohil, Theophil G.; District Superintendent; Methodist Church, Fatehgary, 

Baroda 390 002 India 
Macwan, Daniel D.; Service; Fatehganj, Baroda 390 002 India 
Chowhan, Stanish K.; Office Supt.; Aden Park, Maninagar East, Ahmedabad 380 

008 India 
Chitnis, Vinu W.; Contractor; Mission Rd., Nadiad, Gujarat 387 001 India 
Bhagat, Arvind R.; Lawyer; Nizampura, Baroda 390 002 India 



*See note, page 114. 



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HOLSTON (18) SE 

Section A, Row 15, Seats 1-12 

Section A, Row 16, Seats 1-6 

Vamell, Sam N., Jr. (8); Dir., Conf. Council on Ministries; P.O. Box 1178, 

Johnson City, TN 37601 
Naff, George E., Jr. (4); Pres., Tennessee Wesleyan College; P.O. Box 40, 

Athens, TN 37303 
Wilcox, Robert L. (6); District Superintendent; P.O. Box 894, Kingsport, TN 

37662 
St. Clair, Ben B. (3); Minister; P.O. Box 567, Oak Ridge, TN 37830 
Mohney, Ralph W. (7); Minister; P.O. Box 208, Chattanooga, TN 37401 
Willis, H. Walter, Jr. (9); District Superintendent; 1752 Old Niles Ferry Rd., 

Maryville, TN 37801 
McCaHt, J. Spurgeon (2); Minister; P.O. Box 1346, Kingsport, TN 37662 
Goodgame, Gordon C. (1); Leader Dev., Conf. Council on Ministries, P.O. Box 

1178, Johnson City, TN 37601 
Trundle, John N. (5); Minister; P.O. Box 92, Signal Mountain, TN 37377 
Quesenberry, Mrs. Lois (3); Homemaker; Hillsville, VA 24343 
Long, Carroll H. (4); Surgeon; 107 W. Fairview Ave., Johnson City, TN 37601 
Lundy, John T. (5); Board of Discipleship; 746 Templeton Dr., Nashville, TN 

37205 
Prigmore, Lafayette T., Jr.; Textile Plant Mgr.; Box 64, Hill Dr., Lupton City, 

TN 37351 
Entler, Fred P. (6); Exec. Dir., United Way; P.O. Box 344, Bristol, VA 24201 
Weigel, Frank A., Jr. (E) (7); Farmer; Rt. 8, Asbury Rd., Knoxville, TN 37914 
Ragsdale, Mrs. Martha (10); Homemaker; 7143 Revere Circle, Chattanooga, TN 

37421 
McConneU, Sam P. (2); Retired; 931 Hartman Rd., Hixson, TN 37343 
Galyon, Steve (1); Student; 4627 Woodmore Circle, Chattanooga, TN 37411 

Reserves 

Smith, J. Castro (E); Minister; Box 271, Alcoa, TN 37701 

Timberlake, Richard H.; Minister; 1321 N. Moore Rd., Chattanooga, TN 37411 

White, Raymon E.; Pres., Morristown College; Box 340, Morristown, TN 37814 

Eldridge, Edgar A.; Minister; 212 Hotel Ave., Knoxville, TN 37918 

Lundy, RobeH F.; Exec. Sec, SE Juris. Com.; 159 Forrest Ave. N.E., Suite 304, 

Atlanta, Ga. 30308 
Woody, Nelson C; Minister; Box 445, Galax, VA 24333 
Schofield, Curtis R.; Minister; 5613 Oak Ridge Hwy., Knoxville, TN 37921 
Hilton, Roger E.; District Superintendent; Box 548, Wytheville, VA 24382 
Robbins, Wilmer B.; Minister; 201 E. 3rd Ave., Knoxville, TN 37917 
Green, James R.; District Superintendent; Box 1064, Johnson City, TN 37601 
Ensminger, J. Neal; Newspaper Editor; 619 E. Madison Ave., Athens, TN 37303 
Neeley, Sam H., Jr.; Laundry & Dry Cleaning; 1311 Main Ave., Norton, VA 

24273 
Troy, Mrs. Jean (8); Homemaker; 4411 Drummond Dr., Chattanooga, TN 37411 
Johnson, Mrs. Agnes B.; Retired Teacher; 1701 Randolph Ave. N., Pulaski, VA 

24301 
Willis, W. Henry, III; Student; 1752 Old Niles Ferry Rd., Maryville, TN 37801 
Franks, James S.; Public Utilities; Box 510, Newport, TN 37821 
Bondurant, Mrs. Lillian; Homemaker; College Park, Rt. 1, Radford, VA 24141 
Stames, Paul M.; Educator; 4004 Palton Dr., Chattanooga, TN 37412 
Steadman, Harry V.; Contractor; Box 508, Kingsport, TN 37662 
Simmons, Howard B.; Ins. Dist. Agency Dir.; 2025 Woodson Dr. S.W., 

Knoxville, TN 37923 



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HYDERABAD (2) OS 

Section D, Row 21, Seats 3-4 
*Gladstone, Houle S. (1); Dist. Evangelist; Parker House, 5-9 189/1, Chirag Ali 

Lane, Abid Road, Hyderabad 500 001 A.P. India 
Immanuel, Jacket B. (3); Assistant; Rural Development, Vikarabad, A.P. India 

Reserves 

Peter, Mamidi S.; Principal; Methodist Boys' High School, King Kotti Road, 

Hyderabad 500 001 A.P. India 
Kotiah, Mallela J.; General Manager; B/10 Vallabdas Bldgs., Nampalli, 

Hyderabad 500 001 A.P. India 

IOWA (24) NC 

Section B, Rows 7-8, Seats 1-12 

Boulton, Edwin C. (4); Admin. Asst. to the Bishop; 2110 74th St., Des Moines, lA 

50322 
Wilken, Alferd E.(E) (8); Dir., Conf. Council on Ministries; 5124 Valdez, Des 

Moines, lA 50310 
Nichols, Frank A. (4); District Superintendent; 302 S. Park, Creston, lA 50801 
Usher, WoHhie K. (7); Minister; 2237 Fairhaven Rd., Davenport, lA 52803 
Dellit, Harold W. (E) (7); District Superintendent; 2215 Evelyn, Perry, lA 50220 
Campney, Arthur B. (6); Prog. Staff, Conf. Council on Ministries; 1916 38th St., 

Des Moines, lA 50310 
Arthur, Donald R. (2); District Superintendent; 171 Lovejoy, Waterloo, lA 50701 
Mather, P. Boyd (3); Minister; 103 E. 25th, Dubuque, lA 52001 
Garrett, C. Dendy (5); Minister; 830 E. College, Iowa City, lA 52240 
Moore, Lester L. (1); Minister; 2631 Hunt St., Ames, lA 50010 
Kennedy, Stanley C. (9); Minister; 1112 Vine St., Waterloo, lA 50703 
Shoemaker, Wayne E. (10); Minister; 3423 48th PL, Des Moines, lA 50310 
♦Goldman, K. June (1); Homemaker; 120 S. 8th, Estherville, lA 51334 
Bentzinger, Rosalie J. (3); Prog. Consultant, Conf. Council on Ministries; 1019 

Chestnut St., Des Moines, I A 50309 
Kreager, Marjorie (2); Pres. of Conf. U.M.W., Homemaker; 418 N. 6th Ave. E., 

Newton, lA 50208 
Yaggy, Mary (5); Homemaker; 1914 40th St., Des Moines, lA 50310 
Sears, Kathryne (7); Retired; 224 18th St. S.E., Cedar Rapids, lA 52403 
Vilmont, Kathy Miller (Mrs. Richard M.) (E) (9); Student; Blairstown, lA 52209 
Marty, Wayne (E) (4); Professor; Rt. 2, LeMars, lA 51031 
Appelgate, William P. (8); Carpenter; Box 315, Ellsworth, lA 50075 
Brown, Rainsford A., Sr. (10); Businessman; 3920 Jersey Ridge Rd., Davenport, 

lA 52807 
Shearer, Paul V. (6); Lawyer; 110 E. Monroe, Washington, I A 52353 
Mealiff, Lester C. (3); Banker; 4101 Ashworth Rd., West Des Moines, lA 50265 
Kreager, Max W. (1); Banker; 418 N. 6th Ave. E., Newton, lA 50208 

Reserves 

Pfaltzgraff, Richard C. (E); Minister; 3929 38th St., Des Moines, I A 50310 
Crandall, J. Roland; Minister; 1120 S. Iowa, Washington, I A 52353 
Carver, Donald L.; Minister; 3220 Terrace Dr., Cedar Falls, lA 50613 
Whitenack, Weldon A.; District Superintendent; 920 Robin Rd., Muscatine, lA 

52761 
Moore, Leroy W.; Minister; 521 N. 6th St., Burlington, lA 52601 
Moore, John K.; District Superintendent; 3630 Court St., Sioux City, I A 51104 
Nichols, Nancy J.; Minister; R.R., Melbourne, I A 50162 
Dodder, Robert T.; District Superintendent; 120 Zenith Dr., Council Bluffs, lA 

51501 



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Heath, Paul H.; District Superintendent; 607 3rd Ave. S.W., Mt. Vernon, lA 

52314 
Hancock, Eugene H.; Minister; 3929 Muskogee, Des Moines, I A 50312 
Webb, J. Ellis; District Superintendent; 26 Lakeview Dr., Mason City, lA 50401 
Walker, M. E.; Conf. Treasurer; 7310 Bryn Mawr, Des Moines, lA 50322 
Pfaltzgraff, Paul 0. (E); Minister; 221 1st Ave. S.W., Cedar Rapids, lA 52404 
Guinn, Chester L.; Minister; 1701 Willis, Perry, lA 50220 
Thompson, Glen (E); Extension Service; 2009 Burnett, Ames, lA 50010 
Clayburg, Margaret; Secretary; 1019 Chestnut, Des Moines, lA 50309 
Smith, Jody; Student; Ayshire, lA 50515 

Ritter, Joy; Dir., Exper. Ministries; R.R. 1, Council Bluffs, I A 51501 
Engel, Robert; Professor; 725 Bradley, Iowa City, lA 52240 
Dale, Barbara; Homemaker; Box 278, Fayette, lA 52142 
Typer, Donald M.; Retired College Pres.; 616 5th Ave. S., Mt. Vernon, I A 52314 
Glass, George (E); Boiler Chief; 111 W. Grant, Marshalltown, lA 50158 
Ward, Donald L.; Construction; 208 Linden Lane, Early, lA 50535 
Young, Harry E.; Plumber; 11 E. Line Rd., Oelwein, lA 50662 
Kerber, Phil S.; Kerber Milling Co.; N. Madison, Emmetsburg, lA 50536 
Mitchem, Lucille; Homemaker; Rt. 2, Marshalltow^n, lA 50158 
Thorns, Inagrace; Homemaker; 510 S. George, Dubuque, lA 52001 
Mitchem, Howard J.; Insurance; Rt. 2, Marshalltown, lA 50158 

KANSAS EAST (10) SC 

Section B, Rows 15-16, Seats 6-10 

Kurtz, Merwin R. (E) (6); District Superintendent; 1621 Willow, Ottawa, KS 

66067 
Johnson, Richard E. (5); District Superintendent; 3020 30th Dr., Parsons, KS 

67357 
Hayes, Clare J. (3); Minister; 3221 Burlingame Rd., Topeka, KS 66611 
Howell, H. Sharon (9); Minister; Box 4187, Topeka, KS 66604 
Thompson, Glen E.; (deceased) 

*Stumbo, John E. (1); Attorney; 2222 W. 29th, Topeka, KS 66611 
Coffman, Floyd H. (2); District Judge; Court Bldg., Ottawa, KS 66067 
Wulfkuhle, Wesley W. (E) (7); Farmer-Rancher; Lecompton, KS 66050 
Manson, Frances M. (8); Housewife; 10220 Fontana, Overland Park, KS 66207 
Sides, Curtis D. (10); Retired Supt. of Schools; Box 332, Altamont, KS 67330 

Reserves 

Wright, M. Max (E); Minister; 2930 Michigan, Topeka, KS 66605 
Freeman, Patrick (4); Minister; Box 25, Baldwin City, KS 66006 
Bennett, Charles B.; Minister; 612 Poyntz, Manhattan, KS 66502 
Ackman, Frederick J.; District Superintendent; 1725 Old Manor Rd., Emporia, 

KS 66801 
Grant, Raymond S., Jr.; Urban Ministries Coord.; 2830 N. 17th, Kansas City, 

KS 66104 
Bailey, Kathleen C; Housewife; Box 65, Lebo, KS 66856 
Mcintosh, Hilda; Housewife; 1244 Oakland, Kansas City, KS 66102 
Streeter, Gladys P. (E); Housewife; Pomona State Park, Vassar, KS 66543 
Roy, William R.; Physician; 1561 Lakeside Dr., Topeka, KS 66604 
Sharp, Francis; Box 840, Nashville, TN 37202 

KANSAS WEST (12) SC 

Section D, Rows 11-12, Seats 1-6 
*Blake, Bruce (2); Minister; 440 Spring Creek Dr., Derby, KS 67037 
Borger, Clarence (7); District Superintendent; 454 Waverly Dr., Wichita, KS 
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Bott, LeRoy (E) (6); District Superintendent; 2903 Hillcrest Dr., Hays, KS 67601 
Carper, Donald E. (E) (8); Assoc. Dir., Conf. Council; 342 S. Derby, Derby, KS 

67037 
Fogleman, Clarence M., Jr. (4); Minister; 115 N. Brookside Pky., Wichita, KS 

67208 
Wilke, Richard B. (5); Minister; 285 S. Pershing, Wichita, KS 67218 
McReynolds, Marvin D. (3); Farmer-Stockman; Woodston, KS 67675 
Georg, Irene L. (5); Housewife; 202 S. Broadway, St. John, KS 67576 
Meier, Wilma L. (E) (1); Homemaker; 915 Washington Rd., Newton, KS 67114 
Hartman, Tom E. (2); Prog. Control Mgr.; 1713 N. Athenian, Wichita, KS 67203 
Elliott, AveneU R. (9); Staff, Conf. Office; 403 N. Tyler Rd., Wichita, KS 67212 
Mugler, Walter F. (E) (10); Farmer; Rt. 2, Wakefield, KS 67487 

Reserves 

Matthew, Glenn E.; Minister; 5407 W. 27th St. Terr., Topeka, KS 66614 
Osbom, Chester L.; Dir., Conf. Council; 466 Spring Creek, Derby, KS 67037 
Matthaei, Paul; Minister; 710 Loch Lommond, Hutchinson, KS 67501 
Jones, J. Karl; District Superintendent; 1808 Crestview Dr., Concordia, KS 

66901 
Iwig, James H. (E); Minister; 509 Columbus, Newton, KS 67114 
Harris, Jack D.; District Superintendent; 1012 Alexander, Winfield, KS 67156 
Dunlap, E. Dale; Dean, St. Paul School of Theology; 4841 BeHnder Ct., Shawnee 

Mission, KS 66205 
Smith, Jack E.; Kiwanis Field Serv. Rep.; 725 S. Jordan, Liberal, KS 67901 
Tyree, E. Ceasus; Engineer; 1751 N. Lorraine, Wichita, KS 67214 
Totten, Harold A. (E); Semiretired Farmer; Jewell, KS 66949 
Swaim, Betty; Homemaker; 1816 Thompson, Dodge City, KS 67801 
Matlack Neil A.; Mail Carrier; Box 207, Burrton, KS 67020 
Matlack, Don; Attorney; 301 N. Market, Wichita, KS 67002 
Olson, Charies L.; Veterinarian; 2420 Highland, Salina, KS 67401 



KENTUCKY (8) SE 

Section D, Rows 7-8, Seats 6-9 
Sweazy, Albert W. (6); Dir., Conf. Council on Ministries; P.O. Box 7172, 1880 

Blairmore, Lexington, KY 40502 
Durham, Donald W. (4); Minister; 1716 S. Limestone, Lexington, KY 40503 
Seamands, David A. (1); Minister; 117 Pickett St., Wilmore, KY 40390 
Gardner, RobeH W. (2); District Superintendent; 1229 N. Ft. Thomas Ave., Ft. 

Thomas, KY 41075 
*Hager, Cornelius R. (3); Asst. Dean of Educ, Univ. of Kentucky; Rt. 1, 

Nicholasville, KY 40356 
Buxton, Dorothy R. (5); Homemaker; Rt. 5, Box 435A, Covington, KY 41015 
Crain, Sarah P. (9); Retired Teacher; 116 Lake View Dr., Flemingsburg, KY 

41041 
Mayfield, Robert G. (7); Sr. Pubhc Affairs Officer; 619 Tateswood Dr., 

Lexington, KY 40502 

Reserves 

Dorsey, Harold W.; Minister; 2400 Forrest Ave., Ashland, KY 41101 
Turkington, Charles G.; District Superintendent; 215 Catalpa Rd., Lexington, 

KY 40502 
Wesley, Ralph G.; District Superintendent; 613 Main St., Danville, KY 40422 
Roberts, Adrian J.; District Superintendent; 406 Barbour St., Barbourville, KY 

40906 



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Litton, James R.; Auto Dealer; 199 Elizaville Ave., Flemingsburg, KY 41041 
Kemper, John Q.; Insurance Agent; 1626 Elliott, Ashland, KY 41101 
Perry, Barbara P.; Pharmacist; Wells Hill, West Liberty, KY 41015 
Stuart, Farley E., Ill; Student; 3317 Springhaven, Catlettsburg, KY 41129 



LIBERIA (2) OS 

Section D, Row 11, Seats 9-10 
*Doe, David S. (2); Minister; P.O. Box 1010, Ashmun St., Monrovia, Liberia 
Tubman, William V. S., Jr. (2); Member, Advance Committee; % Liberian 
Senate, E. J. Roye Memorial Bldg., Monrovia, Liberia 

Reserves 

Davis, Isaac M., Sr.; Minister; P.O. Box 1010, Ashmun St., Monrovia, Liberia 
Wilson, Hilary B.; Member, Advance Committee; P.O. Box 251, Liberia Mining 
Co., Liberia 



LITTLE ROCK (8) SC 

Section B, Row 2, Seats 1-8 
*Martin, George W. (8); District Superintendent; P.O. Box 186, Arkadelphia, AR 

71923 
Dunlap, J. Edward (5); District Superintendent; 715 Center St., Little Rock, AR 

72201 
Keeley, Virgil D. (6); District Superintendent; 1 Longmeadow, Pine Bluff, AR 

71601 
Riley, Negail R. (2); Staff, Board of Global Ministries; 475 Riverside Dr., New 

York, NY 10027 
Blundell, John (7); Automobile Dealer; 311 Timberlane, Ashdown, AR 71822 
Riggin, Don L. (1); Exec. Dir., Arthritis Foundation; 8600 Evergreen, Little 

Rock, AR 72207 
Meredith, Richard P. (3); Retired Exec, Georgia-Pacific; 1000 Hickory, Crossett, 

AR 71653 
Waters, Mrs. Zenobia P. (4); College Professor; 1700 West Park Dr., Little Rock, 

AR 72205 

Reserves 

Miles, John P.; Minister; 113 N. Eighth St., Arkadelphia, AR 71923 
Walker, John F.; Minister; P.O. Box 43, Smackover, AR 71762 
Arnold, Fred H.; Minister; 1215 Schiller, Little Rock, AR 72202 
Major, James E.; Vice-Pres., Hendrix College; Conway, AR 72032 
Shepherd, Wilham M.; Retired Exec; 209 Sibley Rd., Little Rock, AR 72209 
Shaw, Mrs. Jennings; Retired Teacher; Rt. 2, Magnolia, AR 71753 
Thompson, Frank; Businessman; Rt. 5, El Dorado, AR 71730 
Davenport, Mrs. E. T.; Homemaker; 6624 Longwood Rd., Little Rock, AR 72207 



LOUISIANA (12) SC 

Section C, Rows 5-6, Seats 7-12 

Handy, William T., Jr. (4); V-P, Personnel & Pub. Rel., U.M.P.H.; 201 Eighth 

Ave. S., Nashville, TN 37202 
Heam, James W. (8); Minister; P.O. Box 1349, Baton Rouge, LA 70821 
McGuire, Douglas L. (5); Minister; 9799 W. Tanis, Baton Rouge, LA 70815 
Galloway, Benedict A. (1); Minister; 3522 Madison Park Blvd., Shreveport, LA 
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Norris, Alfred L. (10); District Superintendent; 3401 Canal St., New Orieans, LA 

70119 
Dykes, David L., Jr. (3); Minister; Head of Texas St., Shreveport, LA 71101 
*Compton, Mary A. (5); Housewife; Rt. 1, Box 202, Jennings, LA 70546 
Chrisentery, Inez W. (6); Retired Schoolteacher; 1940 Tennessee St., Baton 

Rouge, LA 70802 
Patrick, William H., Jr. (4); University Professor; 1050 Castle Kirk Ave., Baton 

Rouge, LA 70808 
Mason, L. K. (7); Physician; 852 McCormick St., Shreveport, LA 71104 
Cotton, W. D. (2); Attorney; P.O. Box 857, Rayville, LA 71269 
Kemmerly, J. R. (9); Physician; 425 Homer Rd., Minden, LA 71055 

Reserves 

Frazier, Clyde C, Jr.; District Superintendent; 2108 Elmwood, Monroe, LA 

71201 
Cooke, Jack; Minister; 6002 Fern Ave., Shreveport, LA 71105 
Joyner, Travis Lea; Minister; 1711 Milton, Box 1092, Monroe, LA 71201 
Moreland, Byrl J., Jr.; District Superintendent; 2119 22nd St., Lake Charles, 

LA 70601 
Thomas, Edward R.; District Superintendent; 319 Glendale, Ruston, LA 71270 
Boddie, Wyatt D.; Minister; 1303 Speed Dr., Monroe, LA 71201 
Branton, Louis R.; Annual Conf. Council Dir.; P.O. Box 4325, Shreveport, LA 

71104 
Blanchard, Hubert M.; Insurance; P.O. Box 462, Sulphur, LA 70663 
Tubb, John B.; Soil Conservationist; 5909 Tall Pine Dr,, Pineville, LA 71360 
Netterville, G. Leon; Retired Univ. Pres.; 1870 Harding Blvd., Baton Rouge, LA 

70807 
McGowan, Elizabeth; Housev^dfe; 9294 Windrift, Baton Rouge, LA 70809 
Brown, Allen L.; Insurance; 2021 Louisiana Ave., New Orleans, LA 70115 
Booker, J. Vernita; Schoolteacher; 2300 MagnoUa, New Orleans, LA 70113 
Hendryx, Donna; Student; 322 Deare, New Iberia, LA 70560 

LOUISVILLE (8) SE 

Section A, Rows 10-11, Seats 9-12 

Pfisterer, Fred R. (3); District Superintendent; 609 Hampton Rd., Bowling 

Green, KY 42101 
Shepherd, Paul (8); Minister; 2000 Douglass Blvd., Louisville, KY 40205 
McAdams, Emil D. (6); Minister; 201 E. Fourth St., Owensboro, KY 42301 
Pullen, Harry A., Jr. (1); District Superintendent; 1115 S. Fourth St., Louisville, 

KY 40203 
*Peters, Rhoda A. (5); Homemaker; 1911 Hurstboume Circle, Louisville, KY 

40220 
Sanders, Felix J., Jr.; Attorney; 506 Briar Hill Rd., Louisville, KY 40206 
McQuary, Thomas R. (2); Civil Engineer; 436 Traih-idge Rd., Brandenburg, KY 

40108 
Clark, Wesley E. (4); High School; 1022 Magnolia, Bowling Green, KY 42101 

Reserves 

Russell, E. AHhur (E); Minister; 1522 Cherokee Rd., Louisville, KY 40205 
Curry, James S.; District Superintendent; 2360 U.S. 60 East, Henderson, KY 

42420 
Slider, William W.; Minister; 4614 Brownsboro Rd., Louisville, KY 40207 
Randolph, Allen H. L.; Minister; 2207 Plantation Dr., Louisville. KY 40216 
James, William E.; Pres., Kentucky Wesleyan College; 3000 Frederica, 

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Allen, Hugh G.; District Superintendent; 604 Cherokee Dr., Campbells ville, KY 

42718 
Graham, Walter A. (10); Banker-Lawyer; Pembroke, KY 42266 
Arterbum, Mrs. Jane; Box 187, Park City, KY 42160 
Ewing, William K.; 6426 Regency Lane, Louisville, KY 40207 
Cockrill, Willard; Prof., Western Kentucky Univ.; 1016 Highland Dr., Bowling 

Green, KY 42101 
Frazer, Ted, Jr.; Pharmacist; P.O. Box 31, 308 E. 2nd, Marion, KY 42064 
Calbert, Love C; Retired, U.S. Post Office; 3430y2 Grand Ave., Louisville, KY 

40211 



LUCKNOW (2) OS 

Section C, Row 21, Seats 11-12 
Singh, Robert M. (2); Minister; Chandwa Kothi, P.O. Arrah, Bihar, India 
Kumar, Dilip (2); Business; 15/20 Civil Lines, Kanpur, India 

Reserves 

David, Nirmal; Promotional Sec; CASA, Nat'l. Council of YMCA's Bldg. 

Massey Hall, Jai Singh Rd., New Delhi, India 
Charles, John A.; Defense Service; 112/257 Swarup Nagar, Kanpur, India 



MADHYA PRADESH (2) OS 

Section A, Row 11, Seats 7-8 
Solomon, Samson (8); Professor; P.O. Box 24, Jabalpur, M.P. India 
Boro, Nayan K. (7); Accountant; Methodist Church Parsonage, Hawabagh, 
Jabalpur, M.P. India 

Reserves 

Parmar, Shanthu K.; Educational Sec; Council of Christian Education, 

M.C.S.A., 3 Wesley Road, Jabalpur, M.P. India 
Ram, Silas; Headmaster; Fisher Boys Middle School-Methodist Church, 

Khandwa, M.P. India 



MAINE (2) NE 

Section C, Rows 1-2, Seat 12 

Ives, S. Clifton (3); Dir., Conf. Council on Ministries; Box 277, Winthrop, ME 

04364 
*Abbott, Inger (4); 102 Lincoln St., Portland, ME 04103 

Reserves 

Ellis, S. Blake; District Superintendent; 226 Bradley St., Portland, ME 04103 

Neff, John W.; Minister; 38 Oak St., Orono, ME 04473 

Ives, Jane P.; Box 277, Winthrop, ME 04364 

Rand, Hazel; Conf. Youth Coord.; Giles Rd., Readfield, ME 04355 



MEMPHIS (10) SE 

Section D, Rows 17-18, Seats 1-5 

*Bailey, William P. (6); District Superintendent; 105 N. 7th St., Suite 220, 

Paducah, KY 42001 
Ramer, Lloyd W. (5); District Superintendent; 400 S. Highland St., Memphis, TN 
38111 



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Beaty, J. Harold (4); Minister; 4488 Poplar St., Memphis, TN 38117 

Henton, Jack H. (1); Minister; 315 Chester St., Jackson, TN 38301 

Crump, EdL., Jr. (10); District Superintendent; 110 Ogbum St., Paris, TN 38242 

Pevahouse, Joe (3); Pharmacist; Box 224, Henderson, TN 38340 

Bond, R. H. (2); Employee, South Central Bell; Drawer 808, Dyersburg, TN 

38024 
Whitworth, Mrs. Virginia (8); Secretary; Sylvan Dr., Camden, TN 38320 
Stephenson, Roy (7); Conf. Council on Ministries; Lambuth College, Jackson, TN 

38301 
Brown, Kim (9); Student; 3756 Huntingdon Lane, Memphis, TN 38111 

Reserves 

Mischke, Walter E., Jr.; District Superintendent; Box 277, Dyersburg, TN 38024 
Evans, William S., II; Minister; 1449 Forest Dr., Union City, TN 38261 
Diggs, Edwin J.; District Superintendent; Box 314, Brownsville, TN 38012 
McKinnie, E. Wesley; Minister; 129 E. Franklin St., Brownsville, TN 38012 
Peck, Ora B.; Minister; 303 Jackson St., Fulton, KY 42041 
Simmons, Dimpson W.; Minister; 3202 Nathan Ave., Memphis, TN 38112 
Lamb, Mrs. Susan; Conf. Pres, U.M.W.; 6215 Quince Rd., Memphis, TN 38117 
Yancey, Charles L.; Businessman; 3226 James Rd., Memphis, TN 38128 
Cole, Mrs. Lillie B.; Elementary Schoolteacher; 226 Eastview, Jackson, TN 38301 
Richardson, John W.; Retired Educator; 5300 Sycamore Grove Lane, Memphis, 

TN 38111 
Stone, Jim; Insurance; Box 164, Union City, TN 38261 
Nicholson, Mrs. Beverly; Dist. Pres. of U.M.W., Housewife; 6484 Heather Dr., 

Memphis, TN 38138 



MIDDLE PHILIPPINES (2) OS 

Section B, Row 1, Seats 1-2 
*Vengco, Nonato U. (3); District Superintendent; Cabangan, Zambales, 

Philippines 
Beltran, Rodolfo C. (2); Lawyer-Farmer; Mabini Extension, Cabanatuan City, 

Philippines 

Reserves 

Mendoza, Acer M.; District Superintendent; Malolos, Bulacan, PhiHppines 
Suarez, Reynaldo L.; Lawyer; 4-5 Dona Nicolas St., Villa Dores, Angeles City, 
Philippines 



MINDANAO (3) OS 

Section A, Row 16, Seats 7-8 
*Soriano, Benjamin B. (3); Minister; The United Methodist Church, Mortela St., 

Cagayan de Oro City, Mindanao, Philippines 
Agbisit, Andrea A. (2); Dentist; Kiddapawan United Methodist Church, 

Kadapawan, North Cotabato, Mindanao, Philippines 

Reserves 

Garibay, Limerio C; Minister; 900 United Nations Ave., Malato, Manila, 

Philippines 
Gadia, Daniel E.; Lawyer; The United Methodist Church, Claro M. Recto, Davao 

City, Mindanao, Philippines 



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MINNESOTA (14) NC 

Section A, Row 19, Seats 11-12 

Section A, Row 20, Seats 1-12 

Purdham, Charles (8); Conf. Council Dir.; 122 W. Franklin, Room 400, 

Minneapolis, MN 55404 
Hanks, Stanley (3); District Superintendent; 122 W. Franklin, Room 400, 

Minneapolis, MN 55404 
Krueger, Delton (6); District Superintendent; Box 40, Alexandria, MN 56308 
Christianson, Lyle (4); Minister; 1524 W. County Rd., C-2, St. Paul, MN 55113 
Walker, H. Thomas (5); Minister; 230 E. Skyline Pky., Duluth, MN 55811 
Praetorius, E. Russell (E) (7); Minister; 9100 Russell S., Bloomington, MN 55431 
Haberman, Joyce (9); Minister; Box 128, Elmore, MN 56027 
♦Foster, Betty Jean (7); Conf. Treasurer; 122 W. Franklin Ave., Room 400, 

Minneapolis, MN 55404 
Haining, Kathleen (5); Homemaker; 605 Runestone Dr., Alexandria, MN 56308 
Harkness, Leonard (1); Dir., Minnesota 4-H Program; 1879 Tatum, St. Paul, MN 

55113 
Larson, Norma (2); Homemaker; 2401 Jewell Lane, South, St. Paul, MN 55075 
Schreiber, Lyle (E) (3); Retired Postmaster; 618 First St., S.E., Faribault, MN 

55021 
Wordelman, Marlene (E) (6); Dir., Christian Education; 1715 21st Ave., N.W., 

Rochester, MN 55901 
McPherson, WiUiam (10); Retired, Teacher-Adm.; Box 252, Park Rapids, MN 

56470 

Reserves 

Dunn, Merle (E); Minister; 410 13th Ave. S.E., Rochester, MN 55901 

Allin, Willard; Minister; 265 Main St., Winona, MN 55987 

Schneider, James (E); Minister; 2510 Cleveland St. N.E., Minneapolis, MN 55418 

Beck, Kenneth; Minister; 308 Third Ave. S., St. Cloud, MN 56301 

Colescott, Ted; Minister; 510 W. Thorpe Ave., Ada, MN 56510 

Powers, Jeanne Audrey; Asst. Gen. Sec, Board of Global Ministries; 475 

Riverside Dr., Room 1373, New York, NY 10027 
Mellgren, Wesley (E); Compt., Red Owl; 5836 Oakland Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN 

55417 
Roberson, David; Farming; Zumbro Falls, MN 55991 

Dowell, Jean; Homemaker; 10360 Columbus Circle, Bloomington, MN 55420 
Stemme, Sue; Student; 308 N. Hill, Mankato, MN 56258 
Olson, George; Conf. Prog. Assoc. Stewardship; 122 W. Franklin Ave., Room 

400, Minneapolis, MN 55404 
Walker, Velma; Homemaker; 230 E. Skyline Pky., Duluth, MN 55811 



MISSISSIPPI (12) SE 

Section A, Rows 7-8, Seats 1-6 

Leggett, J. W., Jr. (4); Dir., Mississippi Meth. Foundation; P.O. Box 1986, 

Jackson, MS 39205 
Matheny, Robert M. (6); District Superintendent; Box 303, Jackson, MS 39205 
Jones, G. Eliot (7); District Superintendent; 2004 Highland PI., Vicksburg, MS 

39180 
Ash, John L., Ill (10); Minister; Box 371, Pascagoula, MS 39567 
Clay, Henry, Jr. (1); Prog. Counselor, Conf. Council on Ministries; Box 1147, 

Jackson, MS 39205 
Lee, Clay F., Jr. (8); District Superintendent; Box 629, Brookhaven, MS 39601 
*Smith, Mrs. Josie (8); Housewife; 4248 Warrenton Rd., Vicksburg, MS 39180 



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Jordan, Bert (3); Prog. Counselor, Conf. Council on Ministries; 321 Mississippi 

St., Jackson, MS 39201 
Satterfield, John C; Attorney; Box 466, Yazoo City, MS 39194 
Woodard, F. 0.; 1612 W. Pearl St., Jackson, MS 39203 
Scarborough, Mrs. Alice (5); Conf. Pres. of U.M.W., Housewife; Arlean Hall, 102 

Seashore, Methodist Assembly, Biloxi, MS 39530 
Moorhead, Edwin E. (4); U.S. Corps of Engineers; Box 691, Vicksburg, MS 39180 

Reserves 

Dement, Frank E., Jr.; District Superintendent; Box 1126, Meridian, MS 39301 
Pittman, Warren E.; District Superintendent; Box 2057, Hattiesburg, MS 39401 
Duke, Charles D.; Exec. Asst. to the Bishop; 321 Mississippi St., Jackson, MS 

39201 
Taylor, Wendell P. C; Minister; 777 Ewing St., Jackson, MS 39203 
Dickson, N. A.; Prog. Dir., Conf. Council on Ministries; Box 1147, Jackson, MS 

39205 
Wells, Cathy (9); Teacher; 1710 Eisenhower Dr., Vicksburg, MS 39180 
Breland, A. Dan (2); Banker; Box 610, Crystal Springs, MS 39059 
Harper, H. C; 1635 Oakland Ave., Jackson, MS 39213 
Fletcher, T. R., Sr.; Box 64, Kreole, MS 39563 
Richards, Romaine; Student; Rt. 5, Box 79, Columbia, MS 39429 



MISSOURI EAST (8) SC 

Section D, Rows 3-4, Seats 9-12 
Ward, John W. (4); District Superintendent; 55 Plaza Sq.-, St. Louis, MO 63103 
Bryan, Monk (1); Minister; 9th & Locust, Columbia, MO 65201 
Stein, Neil L. (8); District Superintendent; 1423 Sylvan, Poplar Bluff, MO 63901 
Montgomery, John C, Jr. (10); Minister; 122 E. Promenade, Mexico, MO 

65265 
Held, Mrs. Virginia; Housewife; 824 Yosemite, St. Louis, MO 63122 
*McMullin, Nancy (7); Conf. Treasurer; 101 N. Bemiston, St. Louis, MO 63105 
Hawkins, J. Clinton (3); Exec. Dir., United Meth. Foundation; 7421 Warwick 

Dr., St. Louis, MO 63121 
Swofford, Mrs. Ava (6); Housewife; 2308 Powell Dr., Columbia, MO 65201 

Reserves 

Kinnard, W. Cannon; Dir., Conf. Council on Ministries; 101 N. Bemiston, St. 

Louis, MO 63105 
Heslar, George W.; District Superintendent; 1115 N. Kentucky, Mexico, MO 

65265 
Marsh, Jeff; District Superintendent; 810 Alta Vista, Cape Girardeau, MO 63701 
Gordon, Robert W.; Minister; 6199 Waterman, St. Louis, MO 63112 
Doggett, JohnN., Jr., Minister; 1141 Belt Ave., St. Louis, MO 63112 
Gooch, John 0.; Minister; Rt. 1, Box 929, Glencoe, MO 63038 
Wilkening, Walter (5); Communications, Univ. of Missouri Extension Service; 

3108 Yorktown Dr., Columbia, MO 65201 
Gerig, Carroll; Journalist; 6 Bennett, Flat River, MO 63601 
Gard, Jean (Mrs. John); Housewife; 14124 Cross Trails Dr., Chesterfield, MO 

63017 
Adams, Mark; High School Student; 204 Lynn, Eldon, MO 65026 
Wilson, Earl; Dist. Supt., State Dept. of Education; 15 Hawthorne Dr., Hannibal, 

MO 63401 
Lasley, Virginia (Mrs. Ralph); Registrar, Eden Theological Seminary; 7529 Flora 

Ct., St. Louis, MO 63143 



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MISSOURI WEST (12) SC 

Section A, Row 17, Seats 1-12 

Schowengerdt, Louis W. (4); District Superintendent; 1512 Van Brunt Blvd., 

Kansas City, MO 64127 
Moore, George C. (E) (6); Minister; Third and Pine Sts., Cameron, MO 64429 
Gray, C. Jarrett, Sr. (3); District Superintendent; Box 883, 1916 Polk, 

Chillicothe, MO 64601 
Poe, George E. (5); Conf. Council Dir.; 1512 Van Brunt Blvd., Kansas City, MO 

64127 
Winter, F. Hauser (7); Minister; 406 W. 74th St., Kansas City, MO 64114 
Knight, W. Carlton (2); Minister; 1321 N.E. Vivion Rd., Kansas City, MO 64118 
*Hampton, Mrs. Mary A. (8); Dir., Child Care Center; 3531 Belle fontaine, Kansas 

City, MO 64128 
Speer, Aubrey B. (7); Conf. Treasurer; 1512 Van Brunt Blvd., Kansas City, MO 

64127 
Scott, Ralph L. (3); School Supt.; 1315 Sixth St., Monett, MO 65708 
Higgins, Mrs. Ann (9); Homemaker; 39 Green Acres, Warrensburg, MO 64093 
Walker, E. C. (1); Exec. Dir., E.O.C.; 934 W. Third, Maryville, MO 64468 
Main, Art; Retired; 4216 N. Olive, Kansas City, MO 64116 

Reserves 

Sample, Tex S.; Prof., St. Paul School of Theology; 859 S. Shore Dr., Kansas 

City, MO 64151 
West, MelvinE.; Area Dir. of Creative Ministries; Box 733, Columbia, MO 65201 
Hyatt, Mrs. Marie; Minister; Box F, Garden City, MO 64747 
Soxman, Lee F., Jr.; District Superintendent; 1512 Van Brunt Blvd., Kansas 

City, MO 64127 
Mutti, Albert F.; Assoc. Council Dir.; 1512 Van Brunt Blvd., Kansas City, MO 

64127 
McElvaney, William K.; Pres., St. Paul School of Theology; 5123 Truman Rd., 

Kansas City, MO 64127 
Black, Mrs. Jane (10); Homemaker; Box 160, Burlington Jet., MO 64428 
Patterson, Joyce Raye; Dir., Wesley-Cath.-Presb. Services; 200 Cherokee, St. 

Joseph, MO 64504 
Barker, Paul 0.; Insurance; Rt. 1, Box 111 A, Pleasant Hope, MO 65725 
McCall, Kenneth A.; Architect; 2 N.E. 43rd Terr., Kansas City, MO 64124 
York, Kenneth E.; Accountant; 1906 Maple Ct., Kansas City, MO 64124 
Kurth, Dwight D. (E); Sales Representative; 5819 W. 84th, Overland Park, KS 

66207 



MORADABAD (2) OS 

Section D, Row 11, Seats 7-8 
*Khyalie, Charles S. (2); Minister; Methodist Church, The Mall, Moradabad, 

India 
Lai, Manohar (2); Business Brass; Methodist Mission, Compound, Civil Lines, 

Moradabad, India 

Reserves 

Masih, Komal; Minister; North India Theological College, 95 Civil Lines, 

Bareilly, U.P. 243 001 India 
Rajan, B. M.; Railway Cooperative Bank, Kapoor Company, Moradabad, U.P. 

India 



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NEBRASKA (12) SC 

Section D, Row 17, Seats 6-12 

Section D, Row 18, Seats 6-10 

Hicks, Kenneth W. (3); Minister; 5tli and Elm St., Grand Island, NE 68801 

Herrick, Marvin V. (E) (4); District Superintendent; 2538 N. St. Patrick, Grand 

Island, NE 68801 
Streeter, Emmett T. (9); District Superintendent; Box 4553, Lincoln, NE 68504 
Clark, Alva H. (5); Minister; 5410 Corby, Omaha, NE 68104 
Bevins, C. Rex (7); Conf. Dir. of Ministries; Box 4553, Lincoln, NE 68504 
Mikkelsen, John H. (2); Minister; 14th St. & 27th Ave., Columbus, NE 68601 
*Dunlap, G. Alan (1); Banker; Milford, NE 68405 

Urbom, Warren K. (6); Federal Judge; 4516 Van Dorn, Lincoln, NE 68506 
Sukovaty, Norbert (E) (3); Insurance; P.O. Box 30301, Lincoln, NE 68503 
Clark, Mrs. Helen Marie (8); Pastor's Wife; Eustis, NE 69028 
Ferris, Mrs. Yvonne (5); Housewife; Rt. 2, Box 94, Central City, NE 68826 
Harris, Robert M. (10); Attorney; Box 54, Gering, NE 69341 

Reserves 

Kruse, Lowen V.; Dir., Conf. Council on Ministries; Box 4553, Lincoln, NE 68504 
Nunnally, Donald J. (E); District Superintendent; 105 East E, McCook, NE 

69001 
Munden, C. Ebb; Minister; 2723 N. 50th, Lincoln, NE 68504 
Bond, Nye 0.; District Superintendent; 210 Omaha Church Center, 124 S. 24th 

St., Omaha, NE 68102 
Zook, Merle A.; District Superintendent; Box 4553, Lincoln, NE 68504 
Nesmith, Richard D.; Minister; 1325 South 16th St., Lincoln, NE 68502 
Forsberg, Clarence J.; Minister; 1144 M St., Lincoln, NE 68508 
Harrington, Mrs. Eunice; Housewife; 4903 California Ave., Omaha, NE 68122 
Schwab, Kendall D. (E); Chemist; 6721 Everett St., Lincoln, NE 68506 
Leaming, James M.; Student; Palisade, NE 69040 
Buffington, Arthur C; Banker; 1308 N. 56th, Omaha, NE 68132 
Sugden, Mrs. Roberta; Housewife; Douglas, NE 68344 
Frey, John H.; Foundation Dir.; 215 Centennial Mall, Lincoln, NE 68508 
Stewart, Mrs. Mary Jane (E); Housewife; 2845 Prairie Rd., Lincoln, NE 68506 



NEW HAMPSHIRE (2) NE 

Section A, Row 1, Seats 9-10 
Drake, Ernest R. (4); District Superintendent; 19 Norwich St., Concord, NH 

03301 
♦Hoyden, Beverly (3); Homemaker; Box 613, Lawrence, MA 01842 

Reserves 

PaHner, Ann C; Minister; Box 148, Chesterfield, NH 03443 
Smith, James L.; Retired; Meadow Brook Village, Bldg. 2, Apt. 2, West 
Lebanon, NH 03784 

NEW MEXICO (4) SC 

Section C, Rows 6-7, Seats 5-6 
*Varuierpool, Harry (5); Minister; 215 Pine N.E., Albuquerque, NM 87106 
Caswell, Bervin 0. (4); District Superintendent; 209 San Pedro N.E., 

Albuquerque, NM 87108 
Burkhalter, Lucille F. (3); Assoc, in Christian Education; 137 Baywood Rd., El 

Paso, TX 79915 
Ford, F. B. (8); Life Insurance Agent; 4307 N. Stanton St., El Paso, TX 79902 



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Reserves 

Templeton, Robert M.; District Superintendent; 1203 S. Country Club Rd., 

Carlsbad, NM 88220 
Goodwin, B. C; Dir., Conf. Council on Ministries; 209 San Pedro N.E., 

Albuquerque, NM 87108 
Chester, Milton R.; Minister; Box 1120, Hobbs, NM 88240 
Stewart, M. Buren; Minister; 2633 California N.E., Albuquerque, NM 87110 
Townsend, John S.; Retired Teacher; 2004 N. Alameda, Las Cruces, NM 88001 
Buchleiter, Mildred I.; Homemaker; 712 Arizona S.E., Albuquerque, NM 87108 
Sanders, Maynard B.; Purchasing Agent; 1808 Shirley N.E., Albuquerque, NM 

87112 
Price, Polly; Homemaker; Rt. 1, Box 75, Tucumcari, NM 88401 



NEW YORK (18) NE 

Section D, Rows 15-16, Seats 4-12 

*James, William M. (4); Metropolitan Comm.; 1981 Madison Ave., New York, 

NY 10035 
Parker, Richard S. (1); District Superintendent; 60 Harvard Ave., Rockville 

Centre, NY 11570 
Skeete, F. HerbeH (5); Minister; 2765 Edgehill Ave., Bronx, NY 10463 
Marsland, Irving A., Jr. (2); Minister; 40 Washington St., Hempstead, NY 11550 
Abel, Paul F. (3); Minister; 1536 Huntington Tpke., Trumbull, CT 06611 
Verdin, Douglas F. (6); Minister; 9 Bushy Ridge Rd., Westport, CT 06880 
Gehres, J. Philip (8); Minister; Maple Ave., Hobart, NY 13788 
Gates, Matthew H. (7); Conf. Prog. Dir.; 210 Boston Post Rd., Rye, NY 10580 
Rust, Norma A. (9); Minister; 2643 Clarendon Ave., Bellmore, NY 11710 
Overton, Vivian P. (7); Bank Officer; 16 June Ave., Norwalk, CT 06850 
Atkinson, Sydney H. (3); Business Consultant; 1595 Howard PI., Baldwin, NY 

11510 
Darling, Howard H. (6); Conf. Treasurer; 210 Boston Post Rd., Rye, NY 10580 
Staubach, William T. (2); Bank Exec; 120 Ancon PI., Pelham, NY 10803 
Current, Gloster B. (9); N.A.A.C.P. Exec; 100-30 203rd St., Hollis, NY 11423 
Winton, Jeanette (8); Housewife, Volunteer; 845 Oronoque Lane, Stratford, CT 

06497 
Isaacs, Miriam (E) (4); Child Devel. Specialist; 407 Coolidge Ave., Rockville 

Centre, NY 11570 
Kirkwood, William C. (1); Insurance Broker; 42 Washington Ave., Garden City, 

NY 11530 
Hoover, Theressa (10); Assoc Gen. Sec, Board of Global Ministries; 475 

Riverside Dr., Rm 300, New York, NY 10027 

Reserves 

Carrington, John E.; United Meth. City Society Exec; 475 Riverside Dr., Rm. 

1922, New York, NY 10027 
Collins, John A.; Assoc. Prog. Dir.; 210 Boston Post Rd., Rye, NY 10580 
Houston, David C; Minister; 70 S. Hamilton St., Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 
Kirkland, H. Bumham; District Superintendent; 4111 Broadway, New York, 

NY 10033 
Cotto-Thomer, Alfredo; Minister; 67 Manhatta"n Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11206 , 
Thomburg, Richard A.; Minister; 718 West Ave., Norwalk, CT 06850 
Buxton, Leonard S. (E); Minister; 243 Lincoln St., New Britain, CT 06052 
Sun, Peter Y. K.; Minister; 7260 Amboy Rd., Staten Island, NY 10307 
Watkins, ReadusJ.; District Superintendent; 14 Balmville Lane, Newburgh, NY 

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Snow, M. Lawrence; Minister; 16 Meadow View Dr., Poughkeepsie, NY 12603 
Searle, EUzabeth; Student; 16 Grove St., New Paltz, NY 12561 
Buckingham, Harold C; Lawyer; 233 Cider Mill Rd., Glastonbuiy, CT 06033 
Hoefner, Lisa J.; Student; 250 Fletcher Ave., Valley Stream, NY 11580 
Eversley, John C; Engineer; 875 St. Marks Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11213 
Boots, Nora Q.; Student, Housewife; 4111 Broadway, New York, NY 10033 
Doyle, C. Donald, Sr.; Engineer; 59 Jog Hill Rd., Trumbull, CT 06611 
Collins, Mabel E.; Business Manager; 9205 Baychester Ave., Bronx, NY 10475 
Engelhardt, Christian L.; Company Executive; 68 Pool Rd., North Haven, CT 

06473 
Greene, Marjorie; State Labor Dept.; 700 Lenox Ave., New York, NY 10039 
Litwin, Shirley; Housewife; 418 Willow St., Bridgeport, CT 06610 



NORTH ALABAMA (16) SE 

Section A, Row 12, Seats 1-12 

Section A, Row 13, Seats 1-4 

Montgomery, Allen D. (4); Minister; 1848 Tune Ave., Florence, AL 35630 

Elmore, S. J. (3); District Superintendent; 2108 Henry St., Anniston, AL 36201 

Hutchinson, Charles L. (5); Assoc. Dir., Conf. Council on Ministries; 1100 

Campus Circle, Birmingham, AL 35204 
Morgan, RobeH C. (6); Minister; 2208 Panorama PL, Birmingham, AL 35216 
Kimbrough, R. E. (2); Minister; 518 N. 19th St., Birmingham, AL 35203 
Stevenson, Thomas F. (1); Minister; 802 Canal St., N.E., Decatur, AL 35601 
Clem, Paul L. (10); District Superintendent; 1100 Campus Circle, Birmingham, 

AL 35204 
Rutland, John E. (9); Minister; 607 Airport Rd., S.W., Huntsville, AL 35802 
*Montgomery, Ed (4); Woodwork Mfg.; P.O. Drawer M, Tuscaloosa, AL 35401 
Walker, Mrs. Eva (2); Mtgs., Loans, Rentals; 497 Main, Springville, AL 35146 
Gordon, Mrs. Myrtle (5); Housewife; 108 Woodland Dr., Hueytown, AL 35020 
Durr, Ransom (6); Retired Frisco Railway; 227 15th Ave. N., Birmingham, AL 

35204 
Self, Eddie (8); C.P.A.; 2202 Mountbrook Dr. S.E., Decatur, AL 35601 
Reeves, Ms. Nina (3); Conf. Prog. Dir.; 1100 Campus Circle, Birmingham, AL 

35204 
Hundley, George (1); Interior Decorator; 402 Hughes Ave., Attalla, AL 35954 
Brannon, William C. (7); Retired Insurance Exec; 608 Twin Branch Dr., 

Birmingham, AL 35226 

Reserves 

McKinney, Gordon; District Superintendent; 2826 Montclair Dr. , Tuscaloosa, AL 

35401 
Betts, Charles F.; Conf. Council on Ministries; 1100 Campus Circle, Birmingham, 

AL 35204 
Hamby, Wairen C; District Superintendent; 1856 Tune Ave., Florence, AL 

35630 
Davis, W. C; Dir., Conf. Council on Ministries; 1100 Campus Circle, 

Birmingham, AL 35204 
Curl, W. E.; Minister; 308 White Circle, S.E., Huntsville, AL 35801 
Whitehead, Claude W.; Minister; 1239 Littlebrook Lane, Birmingham, AL 35235 
Hunter, Duncan; Minister; 3 The Highlands, Tuscaloosa, AL 35401 
Moore, Charles 0.; District Superintendent; 12 Sycamore Lane, Albertville, AL 

35950 
Flaurnoy, Otis R.; Minister; 1614 Armstrong Dr., NW, Huntsville, AL 35805 
Franklin, Denson N.; Minister; 3349 Spring Valley Ct., Birmingham, AL 35223 



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Branscomb, Ms. Louise; Physician; 1225 Greensboro Rd., Birmingham, AL 35208 
Lewis, W. R.; Commercial Artist; 2415 Lee Hwy., Florence, AL 35630 
Adams, Q. D.; Auto Salesman; 415 Keeling Rd., Gadsden, AL 35903 
Woodall, Alex H.; Chemist; 1400 30th St. W., Birmingham, AL 35218 
Miles, Michael D.; Student; 2810 Georgetown Dr., Apt. 1415, Birmingham, AL 

35226 
Yeilding, Manly; Attorney; 927 Brown Marx Bldg., Birmingham, AL 35203 
Dominick, Frank; Attorney; 927 Brown Marx Bldg., Birmingham, AL 35203 
Rhea, Clarence F.; Attorney; 2104 Scenic Hwy., Gadsden, AL 35901 
Phillips, J. D.; College Professor; 2723 Claymont Circle, Tuscaloosa, AL 35401 
Ashford, Ms. Dora; College Professor; P.O. Box 432, Athens, AL 35611 

NORTH ARKANSAS (8) SC 

Section C, Rows 1-2, Seats 6-9 
Cooper, Joel A. (3); Minister; Box 1106, Fayetteville, AR 72701 
CaHer, Earl B. (7); Minister; 3307 Poplar, North Little Rock, AR 72116 
McDonald, Charles P. (4); District Superintendent; 219 N. 51st, Fort Smith, AR 

72901 
Jordan, Ben F. (2); District Superintendent; Box 668, Paragould, AR 72450 
*Osment, Mildred (5); Teacher; Box 105, Jonesboro, AR 72401 
Fulbright, Homer H. (1); Salesman; 712 N. Spring, Searcy, AR 72143 
Cheyne, Robert D. (8); Communications; 307 Crestview Dr.. Bentonville, AR 

72712 
Hardin, Nadine (Mrs. P. H.) (9); Homemaker; 3 Free Ferry Hgts., Fort Smith, 

AR 72901 

Reserves 

Bearden, RobeH E. L.; District Superintendent; Box 1484, Conway, AR 72032 

Beal, Jim; Minister; Box 489, Newport, AR 72112 

Jarvis, Wayne C; Minister; 1151 N. Central, Batesville, AR 72501 

Hillis, J. Ralph; District Superintendent; 1316 Nettleton Circle, Jonesboro, AR 

72401 
Villines, Floyd G., Jr.; District Superintendent; 960 Water, Batesville, AR 72501 
Gaither, Marvin; Sales; 1795 Arch, Batesville, AR 72501 
Brand, Gene; Banker; 508 S.E. Second, Walnut Ridge, AR 72476 
Johnson, Nobia (Mrs. Howard); Banker; Clinton, AR 72031 
Freemyer, Pat Bennett (Mrs. Wes); Homemaker; 106 Rose Circle, Helena, AR 

72342 
Deneke, M. D.; Physician; 300 S. Rhodes, W. Memphis, AR 72301 

NORTH CAROLINA (20) SE 

Section A, Row 4, Seats 1-12 

Section A, Row 5, Seats 1-8 

*McCallum James H. (2); District Superintendent; 905 Spring Lane, Sanford, 

NC 27330 
Mercer, Charles H. (3); Dir., Conf. Council on Ministries; P.O. Box 10955, 

Raleigh, NC 27605 
Neese, William J. (6); Minister; 119 Overbrook Dr., Goldsboro, NC 27530 
Watson, Harvey L. (4); District Superintendent; 1002 W. Knox St., Durham, NC 

27701 
Cummings, Simeon F. (5); Coord., Conf. Outreach Ministries; P.O. Box 10955, 

Raleigh, NC 27605 
Cline, John M. (8); District Superintendent; 3621 Sheffield Dr., Rocky Mount, 

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Kirby, Wallace H. (7); Minister; 228 W. Edenton, Raleigh, NC 27603 
Petteway, Warren B. (1); District Superintendent; 2234 Wheeler Rd., Raleigh, 

NC 27602 
Leatherman, Harold F. (9); District Superintendent; P.O. Box 2425, New Bern, 

NC 28560 
Grant, Nicholas W. (10); District Superintendent; 3118 Truitt Dr., Burlington, 

NC 27215 
Garrick, Grier L. (3); Carolina Office Supply; 624 New Bridge St., Jacksonville, 

NC 28540 
Fry, Mildred (1); Housewife; 2710 Hazelwood Dr., Raleigh, NC 27608 
Mann, Marjorie (9); Housewife; Rt. 3, Box 269, Sanford, NC 27330 
Forehand, George H. (2); Businessman; 405 Trail 2, Burlington, NC 27215 
Meares, John M. (8); Conf. Coord, of Communication; P.O. Box 10955, Raleigh, 

NC 27605 
McAdams, Charles K.; Conf. Treasurer; P.O. Box 10955, Raleigh, NC 27605 
Hargrove, Bruce; Educator; 115 Kitt PI., Raleigh, NC 27610 
Bryant, Richard B., Jr. (4); Student; 226 McCauley St., Chapel Hill, NC 27514 
Dorsett, Jean (5); Housewife; P.O. Box 145, Mt. Gilead, NC 27306 
Gibson, Nelson (10); Businessman; P.O. Box 66, Gibson, NC 28343 

Reserves 

Fisher, Albert F.; Asst. Dir., Duke Endowment; 211 Monticello Ave., Durham, 

NC 27707 
Tyson, Vernon C; Minister; P.O. Box 456, Fayetteville, NC 28302 
Stark, Rufus H., II; Minister; 117 Brooks Ave., Raleigh, NC 27607 
Jones, Norwood L.; District Superintendent; P. 0. Box 1662, Elizabeth City, NC 

27909 
Davidson, Barney L.; Minister; 1206 Barnes St., Wilson, NC 27893 
Miller, James H., Jr.; District Superintendent; 1911 Raeford Rd., Fayetteville, 

NC 28305 
Edwards, John P.; District Superintendent; 617 Banks Ave., Goldsboro, NC 

27530 
Winberry, Herman S.; Minister; 101 Oak Circle, Garner, NC 27529 
McKenzie, George R.; Minister; 1218 Edgewood Ave., Burlington, NC 27215 
Tyson, Marvin D.; Minister; 371 Hillcrest Dr., Henderson, NC 27536 
Townes, Ross E. (7); Univ. Professor; 101 W. Alton St., Durham. NC 27701 
Banks, Steve (6); Student; 2801 Rothgeb Dr., Raleigh, NC 27609 
Weaver, Stacy, Jr.; Lawyer; Box 1688, Fayetteville, NC 28302 
Gattis, Irene F.; Consecrated Lay Worker; 3341 Hampton Rd., Raleigh, NC 

27607 
Ballard, Frank L; Architect; 118 Pine Cone Rd., Wilmington, NC 28401 
King, Arnold K., Sr.; Univ. Professor; 512 Dogwood Dr., Chapel Hill, NC 27514 
Blair, Seaborne; Physician; Main St., Wallace, NC 28466 
Moore, L. H.; Businessman; Rt. 3, Maxton, NC 28364 
Brooks, John C; Lawyer; 516 N. Blount St., Raleigh, NC 27604 
Garrick, Martha; Housewife; 624 New Bridge St., Jacksonville, NC 28540 



NORTH DAKOTA (2) NC 

Section B, Row 1, Seats 3-4 
*Knecht, David (4); Minister; 1000 1st St., Bismarck, ND 58501 
Sundin, Robert (E) (1); P'armer; R.R. 1, Box 53, Bowbells. ND 58721 

Reserves 

Warner, RobeH (E); Minister; 1807 S. 20th St., Grand Forks, ND 58201 



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Hook, Eve; Minister; 2031 N. 3rd St., Bismarck, ND 58501 

Bates, Bonnie; Housewife; 315 E. Turnpike Ave., Bismarck, ND 58501 

Wu, Shirley; Housewife; Box 776, Linton, ND 58552 

Jurisdictional Reserve * 

Sundin, Faye (E); Housewife; R.R. 1, Box 53, Bowbells, ND 58721 



NORTH GEORGIA (20) SE 
Section B, Rows 3-4, Seats 1-10 
Myers, T. Cecil (3); Minister; P.O. Box 1109, Athens, GA 30601 
Ep-ps, A. C. (9); District Superintendent; 159 Forrest Ave. N.E., Atlanta, GA 

30308 
Jones, L. Bevel, III (5); Minister; P.O. Box 686, Decatur, GA 30031 
Thompson, Gordon G. (4); Professor, Emory Univ.; 1654 Noble Dr. N.E., 

Atlanta, GA 30306 
Rice, H. Dan (1); District Superintendent; P.O. Box 1064, Dalton, GA 30720 
Drinkard, Eugene T. (6); District Superintendent; 295 Hunnicutt Dr., Athens, 

GA 30601 
Ruff, William H. (2); District Superintendent; 159 Forrest Ave. N.E., Atlanta, 

GA 30308 
Taylor, Robert L. (7); District Superintendent; 2623 Washington Rd., Rm. 103B, 

Augusta, GA 30904 
Bauman, Larry A. (8); Minister; 1652 N. Decatur Rd. N.E., Atlanta, GA 30307 
Williams, Charles R. (10); District Superintendent; 159 Forrest Ave. N.E., 

Atlanta, GA 30308 
*Dekle, Joe B. (8); Retired; 2603 Flair Knoll Dr. N.E., Atlanta, GA 30345 
Mackay, James A. (9); Attorney; 1-West Court Sq., Decatur, GA 30030 
Brooks, D. W. (5); Retired; P.O. Box 2210, Atlanta, GA 30301 
Drinkard, Ms. Lee (3); Student; 295 Hunnicutt Dr., Athens, GA 30601 
Lance, Bert (4); Banker; P.O. Box 1234, Atlanta, GA 30301 
Sneed, Mrs. Maude (6); Housewife; 3714 Mariborough Dr., Tucker, GA 30084 
Pickett, Mrs. Elizabeth (2); Housewife; 2000 W. Paces Ferry Rd., N.W., Atlanta, 

GA 30327 
Wilson, T. R. (7); Retired; 5400 Cascade Rd. S.W., Atlanta, GA 30331 
Roberts, Ms. Marilyn (1); Navajo Methodist Mission School, Box 870, 

Farmington, NM 87401 
Webb, Paul, Jr. (10); Attorney; 927 Fulton Federal Bldg., Atlanta, GA 30303 

Reserves 

Sherrill, Marion J.; Dir., Conf. Council on Ministries; 159 Forrest Ave. N.E., 

Atlanta, GA 30308 
Sheets, Herchel H.; Minister; 1652 N. Decatur Rd. N.E., Atlanta, GA 30307 
Shelnutt, Dumas B.; District Superintendent; 2080 Campground Rd. S.W., 

Atlanta, GA 30331 
Henderson, Cornelius L.; Minister; 2099 Fairbum Rd. S.W., Atlanta, GA 30331 
Wilson, Charles E., Jr.; Minister; 111 W. Lake Dr., Athens, GA 30601 
Flanagan, Hubert L.; District Superintendent; P.O. Box 243, Rome, GA 30161 
Dickerson, Adolphus S.; Assoc. Dir., Conf. Council on Ministries; 159 Forrest 

Ave. N.E., Atlanta, GA 30308 
Whiting, Thomas A.; Minister; 3180 Peachtree Rd. N.E., Atlanta, GA 30305 
Windom, R. Neal; District Superintendent; P.O. Box 13, Griffin, GA 30223 



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Prince, Frank H.; District Superintendent; P.O. Box 368, Avondale Estates, 

GA 30002 
Thompson, James N.; Minister; P.O. Box 752, Gainesville, GA 30501 
Coker, Sam H.; Minister; 458 Ponce de Leon Ave. N.E., Atlanta, GA 30308 
Fleet, Richard; Westinghouse; 685 Kings Rd., Athens, GA 30601 
Richardson, Mrs. Eleanor; State Representative; 755 Park Lane, Decatur, GA 

30033 
Wilson, Earl; Physician; 1498 Mozley Dr. S.W., Atlanta, GA 30314 
Daniel, Mrs. Mary; Housewife; Rt. 2, McDonough, GA 30253 
Vining, Ken; A. T. & T.; 7550 Happy Hollow Rd., Doraville, GA 30340 
Wilder, Ms. Melody; Student; 206 W. Lakeshore Dr., Rome, GA 30161 
Camp, Mrs. Lacy; Housewife; 2 Berkshire Lane, Rome, GA 30161 
Barber, Jeff; Student; 3666 Cochise Dr. N.W., Atlanta, GA 30339 
King, Ms. Martha; Teacher; 602y2 Turner McCall Blvd., Rome, GA 30161 
Gustafson, M. 0.; Imperial Homes; 212 Larcom Lane, Griffin, GA 30223 
Jackson, James L.; Retired; 1229 Calhoun Ave., East Point, GA 30344 
Landrum, Roy C, Jr.; Investments; P.O. Box 4053, Martinez, GA 30907 

NORTH INDIA (2) OS 

Section B, Row 1, Seats 5-6 
*Richards, Cecil T. (2); District Superintendent; 94 Civil Lines, Bareilly, U.P. 

243001 India 
Smart, Rosmund A. (2); Govt. Service; 88 Civil Lines, Bareilly, U.P. 243001 India 

Reserves 

Singh, Harsh D.; District Superintendent; Hiradungri, Almora, U.P. 263601 

India 
Shaw, Inder A.; Medical Doctor; Medical Superintendent, Clara Swain Hospital, 

Bareilly, U.P. 243001 India 

NORTH INDIANA (18) NC 

Section C, Rows 13-14, Seats 1-9 

Bjork, Virgil V. (4); District Superintendent; Rt. 4, Box 197A, Valparaiso, IN 

46383 
Geible, Merrell D. (E) (2); District Superintendent; 629 Marleton Rd., 

Logansport, IN 46947 
Jones, Gerald H. (3); District Superintendent; 19050 Orchard Hgts. Dr., South 

Bend, IN 46614 
Duecker, R. Sheldon (6); Dir., Conf. Council; Box 869, Marion, IN 46952 
Wolf, John D. (1); Minister; 300 E. Wayne St., Ft. Wayne, IN 46802 
Gierhart, B. Willis (5); District Superintendent; 56816 Meadowood Dr., Elkhart, 

IN 46514 
Colpitis, A. Hunter (E) (8); Minister; 219 S. High, Muncie, IN 47305 
Chen, YungS. (E) (9); Minister; Rt. 3, Country Club Hills, Kendallville, IN 46755 
Kistler, Richard E. (E) (7); Minister; 8607 Columbia, Munster, IN 46321 
*Hefley, Charles E. (2); Public School Principal; 910 Euclid, Marion, IN 46952 
Sites, Leila (E) (6); Housewife; 4349 Lucinda Lane, Lafayette, IN 47905 
Burrous, Kermit 0.; Attorney, Congressman; R.R. 3, Peru, IN 46970 
Fenstermacher, Anita (5); Housewife; 203 Clark Blvd., Walkerton, IN 46574 
Davis, George (E) (4); Public School Supt.; 166 W. Third, Peru, IN 46970 
Anderson, Pam O. (9); Housewife; Box 161, Etna Green, IN 46524 
McDermott, George W. (1); Retired; 303 Walnut, Alexandria, IN 46001 
Ade, C. H. (E) (10); Physician; 211 South St., Lafayette, IN 47904 
Anglin, James F. (E); C.P.A.; 2704 Glencairn, Ft. Wayne, IN 46805 



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Reserves 

Williams, J. C; Minister; 1515 S. Hackley, Muncie, IN 47302 

Morin, James F.; District Superintendent; 326 E. Wayne St., Ft. Wayne, IN 

46802 
Manifold, Orrin A.; District Superintendent; 4635 W. Sycamore Rd., Kokomo, 

IN 46901 
Dicken, John R.; Minister; 405 Van Buren, Alexandria, IN 46001 
Stephens, Phill L.; District Superintendent; 404 N. Sixth, Room 201, Lafayette, 

IN 47901 
LaSuer, Donald F.; Minister; 1215 W. Jackson, Anderson, IN 46015 
Antle, Benjamin E.; District Superintendent; 1901 N. Hawthorne Rd., Marion, 

IN 46952 
Hook, James S. (E); Minister; 7320 Northcote, Hammond, IN 46324 
Bass, F. Kaye; Minister; 325 W. Washington, Bluffton, IN 46714 
Thomas, Jack K. (E); Minister; 630 Lincolnway, New Haven, IN 46774 
Burrous, Anita J.; Housewife; Rt. 3, Peru, IN 46970 
Helms, Jewell (8); Secretary; 1023 W. Taylor, Kokomo, IN 46901 
Morlan, Darrell F.; Vice-Pres., Kunkle Valve; 1803 W. Wallen Rd., Ft. Wayne, 

IN 46808 
Weaver, Welcome I.; Pres., Pop Corn Company; 1575 Oak St., Huntington, IN 

46750 
Bergwall, Jean; Housewife; 7619 Wheelock Rd., Ft. Wayne, IN 46815 
Norman, Marianne (E) (7); Housewife; R.R. 1, Churubusco, IN 46723 
Olson, Richard L.; Student; 720 W. Centennial, Apt. 33A, Muncie, IN 47306 
Cooper, Herbert W.; C.P.A.; 13310 Timbercrest Trail, Ft. Wayne, IN 46804 
Johnson, Carolyn E.; Instructor, Purdue Univ.; 1044 Graduate House East, West 

Lafayette, IN 47906 
Wilson, Harold H. (E); Farmer; R.R. 3, Peru, IN 46970 



NORTH MISSISSIPPI (8) SE 

Section A, Rows 13-14, Seats 9-12 
Conoway, Merlin D. (8); Staff, Conf. Council on Ministries; P.O. Drawer U, 

Grenada, MS 38901 
Bailey, E. A. (6); District Superintendent; Box 929, Cleveland, MS 38732 
Gordon, Prentiss M., Sr. (1); Minister; Drawer 728, Starkville, MS 39759 
Humphrey, John D., Sr. (4); Assoc. Genl. Sec, Gen. Bd. of Higher Education & 

Ministry; P.O. Box 871, Nashville, TN 37202 
*Berry, George (2); Extension Service, Conf. Lay Leader; P.O. Box 839, Leland, 

MS 38756 
Stansel, Mrs. Elizabeth (5); Housewife, Conf. U.M.W. Pres.; Rt. 2, Box 7, 

Ruleville, MS 38771 
Bailey, Joe, Jr. (3); Farmer; P.O. Box 257, Coffeeville, MS 38922 
Crockett, Granville D. (7); Retired; 113 Sherwood Ave., Greenville, MS 38701 

Reserves 

Wallace, William L., Jr.; District Superintendent; P.O. Box 686, New Albany, 

MS 38652 
Appleby, William F.; District Superintendent; P.O. Box 771, Tupelo, MS 38801 
Rucker, Israel L.; SEJ Staff; Council on Ministries; 159 Forrest Ave. N.E., 

Atlanta, GA 30303 
Hull, Sam J.; Minister; P.O. Box 465, Itta Bena, MS 38941 
Houston, Jamie G., Jr.; Minister; P.O. Box 293, West Point, MS 39773 
Stovall, Mrs. Willie C; Conf. U.M.W. Vice-Pres., Housewife; Box 497, 

Aberdeen, MS 39730 



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Stockton, Wendell H.; Physician; P & S Clinic, Amory, MS 38821 
Presley, I. P.; Dir., C.A.P.; 111 College, Kosciusko, MS 39090 
Edwards, Lisa; Student; 401 12th St. N., Columbus, MS 39701 
Black, Felix; Businessman, Retail Clothing; Box 767, Tupelo, MS 38801 



NORTH SHABA (2) OS 

Section A, Row 13, Seats 7-8 
*Wa Kadilo, Ngoy K. (4); Dir. of Theology School; B.P. 522 Lubumbashi, 

Rep. Zaire 
Kamwashi, Mrs. Mujinga (3); Sec. of W.S.C.S.; B.P. 95, Kamina, Rep. Zaire 

Reserves 

Wa Nkuni, Mutombo N.; Legal Representative; B.P. 95, Kamina, Rep. Zaire 
Kalenga, Ngoy; Lay Leader; B.P. 95, Kamina, Rep. Zaire 



NORTH TEXAS (12) SC 

Section D, Rows 1-2, Seats 1-6 

Outler, Albert C. (4); Theologian; Perkins School of Theology, Southern 

Methodist Univ., Dallas, TX 75275 
Holmes, Zan, Jr., (9); Minister, Professor; P.O. Box 7170, Dallas, TX 75209 
Trice, William E. (1); Minister; P.O. Box 12038, Dallas, TX 75225 
Shipp, Thomas J. (5); Minister; P.O. Box 7164, Dallas, TX 75209 
Oliphint, Benjamin R. (7); Minister; 1928 Ross Ave., Dallas, TX 75201 
Weaver, R. Bruce (6); Minister; P.O. Box 2125, Wichita Falls, TX 76307 
*Gib-eath, Mrs. Judy M. (3); Housewife; P.O. Box 203, Sulphur Springs, TX 75482 
Boswell, George M. (7); Orthopedic Surgeon; 7249 Wabash Ave., Dallas, TX 

75214 
Dillard, Robert L., Jr. (10); Attorney; 6624 Lakewood, Dallas, TX 75214 
Baker, Leo L. (2); Petroleum Engineer; 5928 Glendora, Dallas, TX 75230 
Watson, Mrs. Martha Boyd (8); Housewife; 1511 Kendolph Dr., Denton, TX 76201 
Guittard, Clarence A. (1); Attorney; 6306 Desco, Dallas, TX 75225 

Reserves 

Bailey, Wilfred M.; Minister; 9998 Ferguson Rd., Dallas, TX 75228 
Washington, William Joseph; District Superintendent; 1928 Ross, Dallas, TX 

75201 
Farrell, Leighton K.; Minister; 3300 Mockingbird, Dallas, TX 75205 
Dunnam, Spurgeon M., Ill; Editor; P.O. Box 1076, Dallas, TX 75221 
Gibson, Jack M.; District Superintendent; P.O. Box 842, Paris, TX 75460 
Loud, Ira B.; Minister; 5102 Wenonah, Dallas, TX 75209 
Crouch, William C; District Superintendent; 11211 Preston Rd., Dallas, TX 

75230 
May, Mary; Housewife; P.O. Box 602, Winnsboro, TX 75494 
Mays, Avery; Board Chrm., Avery Mays Const. Co.; 950 Kessler Pkwy., Dallas, 

TX 75208 
Ransom, E. C; Insurance Agent; 3514 Packard, Dallas, TX 75215 
Glass, Dorlis B.; Housewife; 4447 Irvin Simmons, Dallas, TX 75229 
Thomasson, Mrs. Ruth C; Sec.-Treas., Family Bus.; 540 E. Spring Valley, 

Richardson, TX 75080 
Greenhaw, Frank W.; Retail Hardware Owner; 425 S. Galloway, Mesquite, 

TX 75149 
Tanner, Mattie; Pres., Family Bus.; 1538 Mesquite, Wichita Falls, TX 76302 



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NORTHERN ILLINOIS (18) NC 

Section A, Row 8, Seats 7-12 

Section A, Row 9, Seats 1-12 

Clay, Willie B. (4); District Superintendent; 77 W. Washington St. , Suite 1806, 

Chicago, IL 60602 
Wykle, Eugene M. (E) (5); Minister; 236 W. Crystal Lake Ave., Crystal Lake, IL 

60014 
Tholin, Richard D. (E) (8); Prof., Garrett-Evangelical Seminary; 2121 Sheridan 

Rd., Evanston, IL 60201 
Amnions, Edsel A. (1); Prof., Garrett-Evangelical Seminary; 2121 Sheridan Rd., 

Evanston, IL 60201 
Northfelt, Merlyn W. (7); Pres., Garrett-Evangelical Seminary; 2121 Sheridan 

Rd., Evanston, IL 60201 
Jordan, Charles W. (9); Conf. Prog. Staff; 77 W. Washington St., Suite 1806, 

Chicago, IL 60602 
Velazquez, Jose R. (3); Minister; 10536 S. Bensley, Chicago, IL 60617 
White, William D. (6); Conf. Prog. Coordinator; 77 W. Washington St., Suite 

1806, Chicago, IL 60602 
Jarvis, Charles S. (2); Minister; 1903 E. Euclid St., Arlington Hgts., IL 60004 
*Alguire, Frances (5); Homemaker; 19 W. 364 86th PI., Downers Grove, IL 60515 
Lennartson, Walter S. (6); Retired Editor; 5624 W. 100th St., Oak Lawn, IL 

60453 
Oehler, Carolyn (E) (1); Homemaker; 1003 Augusta, Elgin, IL 60120 
Van Sickle, John R. (7); Retired Publisher; 1904 Grenshaw, Rockford, IL 61103 
Wieting, Norma (8); Homemaker; 600 S. Lyman, Oak Park, IL 60304 
Fannings, Helen (2); Social Worker; 7800 Merrill, Chicago, IL 60649 
Cummings, Hazel (3); Homemaker; 1116 Walnut Ave., Dixon, IL 61021 
Albrecht, Robert (E) (10); Chemist; 14618 Wallace, Harvey, IL 60426 
Johnson, Joseph T. (4); Funeral Director; 462 W. Division St., Chicago, IL 60610 

Reserves 

Wegner, Ruth E.; Hospital Chaplain; 818 S. Austin, Apt. 2-W, Oak Park, IL 

60304 
Flores, Finees; Minister; 912 Sheridan Rd., Chicago, IL 60613 
Bryan, Bill L. (E); Minister; 12116 Coach Rd., Palos Hgts., IL 60463 
Whittle, Paul 0.; District Superintendent; 77 W. Washington St., Suite 1806, 

Chicago, IL 60602 
Batt, Samuel (E); Minister; 100th & Ewing, Chicago, IL 60617 
Ferguson, John C; Minister; 7350 S. Jeffrey, Chicago, IL 60649 
Landwehr, Arthur J.; Minister; 1630 Hinman Ave., Evanston, IL 60201 
Pembroke, Maceo D.; Minister; 8441 S. St. Lawrence, Chicago, IL 60619 
Rogers, Carleton C; Minister; 216 E. Highland, Elgin, IL 60120 
Riskedal, Kenneth; Farmer; R.R. 1, Leland, IL 60531 
Tholin, Phyllis (E); Homemaker; 824 Ridge Tr., Evanston, IL 60201 
Wilkins, Margaret; Homemaker; 17092 Head Ave., Hazel Crest, IL 60429 
Corey, Russell; Employee, Univ. of Chicago; 915 S. Jackson, Batavia, IL 60510 
Ellis, Othello; Social Worker; 6717 Clyde, Chicago, IL 60649 
Turner, Paul; Student; 510 W. Hawley, Mundelein, IL 60060 
Rudy, Doris; Homemaker; 321 Greenwood, Evanston, IL 60201 
Boynton, Mary (E); Elementary Schoolteacher; 514 3rd Ave., Dixon, IL 61021 
Drees-Lehman, Elizabeth; Retired; 720 Noyes St., C-2, Evanston, IL 60201 

NORTHERN NEW JERSEY (8) NE 
Section A, Rows 5-6, Seats 9-12 
banning. Dean A. (1); Minister; 17 Sherman Ave., Summit, NJ 07901 



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Hunt, Clark W. (6); District Superintendent; 27 Ames Rd., Morristown, NJ 

07960 
Rivera, Eli S. (9); Minister; 24 Fourth St., Haverstraw, NY 10927 
Goodwin, Robert B. (7); Minister; 512 Lawrence Ave., Westfield, NJ 07090 
*Holland, Bettilou (5); Homemaker; 33 Pine Ave., Madison, NJ 07940 
Black, Clair W. (3); Educational Consultant; 328 Colonial Blvd., Westwood, NJ 

07675 
Hardin, Paul (4); Pres., Drew University; 40 Woodcliff Dr., Madison, NJ 07940 
Cope, Abigail J. (8); Teacher-Librarian; 59 Garden St., Teaneck, NJ 07666 

Reserves 

Hargrove, B. Milton; District Superintendent; 132 Meadowbrook Rd., 

Englewood, NJ 07631 
Grant, Robert E.; Minister; 11 Woodland Rd., Demarest, NJ 07627 
Watt, George, Jr.; Minister; 110 Union St., Ridgewood, NJ 07450 
Smith, Eugene L.; Minister; 190 Diamond Spring Rd., Denville, NJ 07834 
Bedarbis, Mary L.; Minister; 250 Stiles St., Elizabeth, NJ 07208 
Vance, Linda L. (E); Teacher; 66 Bloomfield Ave., Paterson, NJ 07503 
Howe, Clarice M.; Homemaker; 150 Clinton Ave., North Plainfield, NJ 07063 
Galbraith, Dorothy E.; Exec. Asst. to Assoc. Gen. Sec, N.C.C.; 329 Hickory St., 

Teaneck, NJ 07666 
Goode, H. Leonard; Retired; 137 Franklin St., Cedar Grove, NJ 07009 
Rivera, Marie; Housewife, Bilingual Teacher; 24 Fourth St., Haverstraw, NY 

10927 



NORTHERN NEW YORK (4) NE 

Section D, Rows 5-6, Seats 11-12 
Oot, AHhurB., Jr. (7); Conf. Executive; 418 Washington St., Watertown, NY 

13601 
Wood, Allison C. (4); District Superintendent; 418 Washington St., Watertown, 

NY 13601 
*Schoenlein, Charles F. (3); Conf. Lay Leader; Richfield Springs, NY 13439 
WiUiams, Mrs. Shirley (5); Rep. Women's Div.; 30 Balsam Crescent, New 

Hartford, NY 13413 

Reserves 

HaH, William G.; Pastor; 43 Court St., Canton, NY 13617 

Doliber, Harlow T.; District Superintendent; 60 State St., Canton, NY 13617 

Dice, Howard; Dist. Lay Leader; R.D. 3, Oswego, NY 13126 

Terpenning, Mrs. Mary; 127 Seneca Tpk., Clinton, NY 13323 



NORTHERN PHILIPPINES (2) OS 

Section D, Row 7, Seats 10-11 
*Ibasco, Abelardo (5); District Superintendent; Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya, 

Philippines 
Turingan, Feliciano (10); Asst. Provincial Treas.; Office of the Provincial Treas., 

Capitol, Ilagan, Isabela, Philippines 

Reserves 

Benitez, Juan Ri.; District Superintendent; San Mateo, Isabela, PhiUppines 
Jimenez, Bienvenido J.; Lawyer; Aparri, Cagayan, Philippines 
Bafiez, C. Ruben; Lawyer; Ilagan, Isabela, Philippines 



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NORTHWEST GERMANY (4) OS 

Section B, Rows 15-16, Seats 11-12 
*Siering, Walter A. (2); Superintendent; D5650 Solingen, Bergstrasse 62, 

West Germany 
Olfermann, Wolfgang (7); Superintendent; D4300 Essen, Menzelstrasse 20, West 

Germany 
Kuehl, Werner (3); D3150 Peine, Weidenweg 5, West Germany 
Magdowski, Axel (5); DIOOO Berlin 31, Bornimer Strasse 4, West Germany 

Reserves 

Mohrmann, Werner (E); Superintendent; D2000 Hamburg 76, Eilbeker Weg 84, 

West Germany 
Yoigt, Karl-Heinz; Minister; D2800 Bremen, Orleansstrasse 3, West Germany 
Eisner, Dr. Rudolf; D3301 Schapen, Hopfengarten 7, West Germany 
Schalow, Diether; DIOOO Berlin 27, Am Fuchsbau 9, West Germany 



NORTHWEST PHILIPPINES (2) OS 

Section D, Row 21, Seats 1-2 
*Bailen, Gregorio R. (5); Minister; The United Methodist Church, Paniqui, 

Tarlac, Philippines 
Samson, Restituto F. (5); Businessman; 105 Lapu-lapu Dr., Calaocan City, 

Philippines 

Reserves 

Vinlnan, Victor C; Minister; Alvear Blvd., Lingayen, Pangasinan, Phihppines 
Lichauco, Mrs. Maria; Businesswoman; Tayug, Pangasinan, Philippines 
Bailen, Esperanza B.; Paniqui, Tarlac, Philippines 



NORTHWEST TEXAS (8) SC 

Section D, Row 11, Seats 11-12 
Section D, Row 12, Seats 7-12 
*Trotter, Clifford E. (6); Minister; 1401 Polk St., Amarillo, TX 79101 
Lutrick, Charles E. (8); Minister; P.O. Box 6, Midland, TX 79701 
Dotts, Ted J. (4); Minister; 1501 University, Lubbock, TX 79401 
Egger, Darris L. (2); Dir., Conf. Council on Ministries; P.O. Box 2958, Lubbock, 

TX 79408 
Waterfield, Jim (7); 403 3rd St., Canadian, TX 79014 

Tyler, Charles (1); Law Enforcement Officer; 5019 42nd St., Lubbock, TX 79414 
Tooley, Wendell M. (3); Newspaper Publisher; Rt. 1, Floydada, TX 79235 
Bruckner, B. M. (5); Heavy Truck Sales; 3903 Lynette, Amarillo, TX 79102 

Reserves 

Pickens, Jim T.; District Superintendent; Box 125, McMurry Station, Abilene, 

TX 79605 
McBrayer, 0. A.; District Superintendent; Box 2958, Lubbock, TX 79408 
Butler, J. Weldon; District Superintendent; Box 7667, Amarillo, TX 79109 
Nader, Sam; Minister; 1411 Broadway, Lubbock, TX 79401 
Appling, W. A.; District Superintendent; 2014 N. Russell, Pampa, TX 79065 
Patton, L. D.; Bldg. Materials Dealer; 400 Baylor, Borger, TX 79007 
Crowell, Robert; Printing Exec; Box 29, Big Spring, TX 79720 
Kim, Thomas K.; College Pres.; McMurry College, Abilene, TX 79605 
Anderson, Mrs. Betty; Homemaker; 5017 15th, Lubbock, TX 79416 
Releford, Mrs. Helen; Homemaker; 5328 31st, Lubbock, TX 79407 



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NORWAY (2) OS 

Section A, Row 1, Seats 7-8 
*Soiland, Gvstav (1); District Superintendent; Jomfrubratveien 73B, Oslo 11, 

Norway 
Lien, Olaf (4); Inspector; Jacob Kjodesveg 7, N 5040 Paradis, Norway 



Reserves 

Master, Rolf; District Superintendent; Jomfrubratveien 73B, Oslo 11, Norway 
Gausdal, Hans; Revisor; Astrids Vll, N-4600 Kristiansand 5, Norway 



OKLAHOMA (20) SC 

Section D, Rows 5-6, Seats 1-10 

*Russell, John W. (5); District Superintendent; 3707 E. 47th PL, Tulsa, OK 74135 

Henry, William R. (4) Vice-Pres., Oklahoma City Univ.; 2501 N. Blackwelder, 

Oklahoma City, OK 73106 
Sprouls, J. Clifton (10); District Superintendent; 3133 N.W. 19th, Oklahoma 

City, OK 73107 
Peters, Lloyd A. (7); Minister; 400 W. 7th, Stillwater, OK 74074 
Pulver, Merle B. (E) (3); District Superintendent; Box 1134, Bartlesville, OK 

74003 
Meyer, Lester A. (8); District Superintendent; Box 1045, Stillwater, OK 74074 
Plowman, Howard L. (1); Dir., Conf. Council on Ministries; P.O. Box 60565, 

Oklahoma City, OK 73106 
Oden, William B. (6); Minister; 820 McGee Dr., Norman, OK 73069 
Smith, Irving L. (9); Minister; 222 N.W. 15th, Oklahoma City, OK 73103 
Lovem, J. Chess (2); Minister; 1301 S. Boston Ave., Tulsa, OK 74119 
Whitten, Dolphus, Jr. (8); College Pres.; 2501 N. Blackwelder, Oklahoma City, 

OK 73106 
Hicks, L. T. (E) (3); Rancher; Rt. 1, Box 408, Bixby, OK 74008 
Egan, Jim A. (1); Manufacturer; 219 N. 11th, Muskogee, OK 74401 
Davis, Frank W. (5); Judge; 115 N. Division, Guthrie, OK 73044 
Oden, Tal (4); Attorney; 913 E. Elm St., Altus, OK 73521 
Carlisle, Bob (2); Assoc, in Christian Education; Box 2067, Norman, OK 73069 
Metzel, Mrs. Mary (7); Housewife; 1925 S. Florence Ave., Tulsa, OK 74104 
Markham, Mrs. Becky (9); Housewife; 1912 S. 69th E. Ave., Tulsa, OK 74112 
Agnew, Theodore L. (10); College Prof.; 1216 N. Lincoln, Stillwater, OK 74074 
Enghsh, Susie (6); High School Student; 2536 N.W. 26th, Oklahoma City, OK 

73107 

Reserves 

Severe, David L.; Minister; 3702 S. 90 E. Ave., Tulsa. OK 74145 

Featherston, R. Jack; Minister; 401 W. Randolph, Enid, OK 73701 

Teeter, Bonner E.; Minister; 6517 N.W. Grand, Oklahoma City, OK 73116 

Coffin, Wayne W.; Minister; Box 2067, Norman, OK 73069 

Smith, William /., Jr.; Minister; Box 566, Ada, OK 74820 

Owen, Raymond H.; Minister; 5603 S. New Haven, Tulsa, OK 74135 

Miller, Glen 0.; Minister; Box 216, Tahlequah, OK 74464 

Miller, W. Jene; Minister; 3034 N.W. 17th, Oklahoma City, OK 73107 

Blanton, R. Fisher; District Superintendent; 1901 Mockingbird Lane, Enid, OK 

73701 
Bowles, Paul D.; Minister; 1604 Holbrook. Ponca City, OK 74601 
Page, S. Covey; Dist. Mgr., Mistletoe Express; 5344 E. 21st. Tulsa, OK 74114 
Van Zant, Lucille V.; School Librarian; Box 67. Wynnewood, OK 73098 



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Gilbert, Ron; Dentist; 304 B St. N.W., Miami, OK 74354 

Price, Robert R.; Retired College Prof.; 601 Hartwood Ave., Stillwater, OK 

74074 
Fair, Edwin; Psychiatrist; 1700 Christmas Tree Lane, Ponca City, OK 74601 
Waymire, Dale; Petroleum Prod. Distributor; Box 617, Madill, OK 73446 
Mitchell, Earl D., Jr.; College Prof.; 3 Summit Circle, Stillwater, OK 74074 
Brown, William 0.; Retired, Petroleum Ind.; 5811 E. 53rd, Tulsa, OK 74135 
Knight, Deborah S.; College Grad. Student; 1230 S.W. 54th, Oklahoma City, OK 

73109 
Asbury, John L.; Salesman; Box 702, Hobart, OK 73651 

OREGON-IDAHO (6) W 

Section A, Row 7, Seats 7-12 
Walker, William O. (5); Minister; 1165 N.W. Monroe, Corvallis, OR 97330 
Whitehead, Thomas (8); District Superintendent; P.O. Box 2782, Boise, ID 83701 
Burtner, RobeH W. (4); Minister; 5830 N.E. Alameda, Portland, OR 97213 
*Schwiebert, Erwin H. (9); Vice-Pres. for Devel., College of Idaho; 1604 Cherry 

St., CaldweU, ID 83605 
Patch, Dorothy (1); Retired Teacher; 1070 15th N.E., Salem, OR 97301 
Stoppel, Jeanie (3); Exec. Sec, Intl. Paper; Box 75, Elmira, OR 97437 

Reserves 

Morrison, Alice G.; Minister; 620 N.W. 8th, Gresham, OR 97030 
Albertson, C. Gene; Minister; P.O. Box 2327, Salem, OR 97308 
Jenkins, H. Jam^s; Minister; 237 N. Water Ave., Idaho Falls, ID 83401 
Harris, Dale C; Minister; P.O. Box 854, Bend, OR 97701 
McGalliard, Don (E); Real Estate Broker; 5812 N.E. Hassalo, Portland, OR 97213 
Blair, Eleanor; Housewife; 347 N. Cravan, Monmouth, OR 97361 
Hill, Floyd C; Retired College Prof.; 1108 D. Ave., LaGrande, OR 97850 
Uppinghouse, Dorenne; Member, Gen. Board of Global Ministries; 9684 N.W. 
ComeU Rd., Portland, OR 97229 

PACIFIC NORTHWEST (10) W 
Section C, Rows 15-16, Seats 11-12 
Section D, Rows 15-16, Seats 1-3 
Finkbeiner, Melvin M. (6); Minister; 1415 N.E. 43rd St., Seattle, WA 98105 
Harding, Joe A. (3); Minister; 1007 McPherson, Richland, WA 99352 
DePano, Stanley P. (1); Minister; 7301 Beacon Ave. S., Seattle, WA 98108 
Lawson, Norman R. (2); District Superintendent; P.O. Box 1708, Wenatchee, 

WA 98801 
Beemxin, Paul J. (4); Minister; 4540 Village Dr., Olympia, WA 98501 
*Woodworth, Elaine J. (10); Student; 420 110th S.E., Bellevue, WA 98004 
Stevens, Robert W. (7); Conf. Treasurer; 855 Olympic National Bldg., Seattle, 

WA 98104 
Wilde, Barbara J. (E) (5); Homemaker; 8432 S. 115th St., Seattle, WA 98178 
Zellmer, Willard A. (8); Attorney; 314 Merriem, Davenport, WA 99122 
Eby, Norma C. (9); Homemaker, Volunteer; 10805 S.E. 320th, Auburn, WA 

98002 

Reserves 
Albright, Thomas H.; Minister; P.O. Box 187, Winlock, WA 98596 
Summerour, William F.; Minister; 401 E. 33rd St., Vancouver, WA 98663 
Ritchey, William H.; District Superintendent; 804 Olympic National Bldg., 

Seattle, WA 98104 
Ellington, William D.; Minister; 18515 92nd Ave. N.E., Bothell, WA 98011 



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MacArthur, Walter A.; District Superintendent; 417 Security Bldg., GlSVa Pacific 

Ave., Tacoma, WA 98402 
Krupke, CarroU W. (E); Wheat Farmer; Rt. 1, Box 58A, Reardon, WA 99029 
Wyckoff, Aloha M.; Homemaking Eng.; 6735 35th N.W., Seattle, WA 98117 
Dolliver, James M.; Adm. Asst. to the Governor; 312 N. Sherman, Olympia, WA 

98502 
Steach, Ruth L.; Volunteer, Homemaker, 2204 Frankfort, Richland WA 99352 
Gruen, Wayne; City Planner; 10203 Wellen Lane N., Spokane, WA 99218 

PENINSULA (8) NE 

Section C, Row 10, Seats 7-8 

Section C, Row 11, Seats 7-12 

May, Felton E. (5); District Superintendent; 215 S. Hanson St., Easton, MD 

21601 
Cooke, RaynwndJ. (2); Council Dir.; 139 N. State St., Dover, DE 19901 
Hemphill, William (4); Minister; 4 Malvern Ct., Devon, Wilmington, DE 19803 
Stapleton, Joseph G. (6); Assoc. Council Dir.; 139 N. State St., Dover, DE 19901 
*Chapman, A. Frank (3); Conf. Lay Leader; 2417 Brookshire Dr., Chatham, 

Wilmington, DE 19803 
Cooke, Mary F. (9); Pres., Conf. U.M.W.; 506 Westwood Dr., Dover, DE 19901 
Hardcastle, James C. (10); Chairperson, Conf. Council on Ministries; 121 N. 

Kirkwood St., Dover, DE 19901 
O'Day, Ralph (1); Farmer; Seaford, DE 19973 

Reserves 

Shockley, Olin J.; Minister; 410 Country Club Dr., Wilmington, DE 19803 

Brewer, Otho G.; Minister; 133 Oakdale Dr., Laurel, DE 19956 

Baker, David W.; District Superintendent; 1404 Camden Ave., Salisbury, MD 

21801 
Thomas, Edwin C; District Superintendent; 202 Alapocas Dr., Wilmington, DE 

19803 
Cuff, G. Wayne; Minister; 8 White Oak Rd., Edgewood Hills, Wilmington, DE 

19809 
Miller, Nathaniel L.; Assoc. Council Dir.; 139 N. State St., Dover, DE 19901 
Pitts, Lowan; Chairwoman, Comm. on Religion & Race; 28 S. Queen St., Dover, 

DE 19901 
Hancock, Maurice M.; Chicken Farmer; 218 Oakdale Dr., Sahsbury, MD 21801 
Appleby, Harry V.; Del. State Highway Dept.; Bear, DE 19701 
Perkins, Brett W.; Student; 732 Chrysler Ave., Newark, DE 19711 
Briggs, Theodore W.; Conf. Business Mgr.; 139 N. State St., Dover, DE 19901 
Shockley, Edith M.; Housewife; 4303 Whittier Dr., Brandywine Hills, 

Wilmington, DE 19802 

PHILIPPINES (2) OS 

Section B, Row 4, Seats 11-12 
*Zuniga, Clemente S., Jr. (4); Minister; 78 Apollo St., Tancinco Subd., Sn. 

Isidro, Taytay, Rizal 3139, c/o Taytay United Methodist Church, Philippines 
Gatdula, Balbino E., Jr. (2); Lawyer, Bur. of Internal Revenue; 203 M. Naval St., 

Navotas, Rizal 3125, Philippines 

Reserves 

Cajiuat, ToribioC; Minister; Cor. Kanlaon & Calbayog Sts. , Mandaluyong, Rizal 

3119, c/o Highway Hills United Methodist Church, Philippines 
Pascual, Olivia S.; College Prof.; 912 Juan Luna, Manila 2807, Philippines 



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POLAND (2) OS 

Section B, Row 6, Seats 11-12 
*Benedyktowicz, Witold K. (2); General Superintendent; Mokotowska 12, 00-561 

Warszawa, Poland 
Kuczma, Miss Jolanta (6); Teacher; Mokotowska 12, 00-561 Warszawa, Poland 

Reserves 

Kus, Jan; Minister; Ogrodowa 6 m. 10, 61-820 Poznan, Poland 
Marconi, Henryk; Chemist; Filtrowa 63, 02-056 Warszwa, Poland 



PUERTO RICO (2) NE 

Section D, Rows 7-8, Seat 12 
Freites, Moises (2); Minister; Bracetti 8, Rio Piedras, PR 
Hernandez, Victoria (2); Schoolteacher; Box 2214, Bayamon, PR 

Reserves 

Sanchez, Gildo; Bracetti 8, Rio Piedras, PR 

Franceschi, Francisco; Schoolteacher; 153 Wesser St., Rio Piedras Hgts., Rio 
Piedras, PR 



RHODESIA (2) OS 

Section C, Row 9, Seats 7-8 
Chidzikwe, Josiah (2); Minister; Old UmtaU United Methodist Centre, P.B. 

P7024, Umtali, Rhodesia, Africa 
Chibanguza, Alex (4); Mrewa High School, P.B. 62, Mrewa, Rhodesia, Africa 



Reserves 

Mawokomatanda, Isaac Mapipi; Minister; St. Timothy United Methodist 

Church, P.O. Box 10002, Mabvuku T/Ship, Salisbury, Rhodesia, Africa 
Kaseke, N.; P.B. 33, Mrewa, Rhodesia, Africa 



RIO GRANDE (2) SC 

Section D, Row 18, Seats 11-12 
Galindo, Jose (5); District Superintendent; 410 S. 9th, McAllen, TX 78501 
*Garza, Oscar 0., IV (2); Chm., Conf. Comm. on Finance & Administration; 701 
Gibson, Alice, TX 78332 

Reserves 

Barton, Roy D.; Dir., Mex.-Amer. Prog., Perkins School of Theology; 1815 

Gates, Dallas, TX 75225 
Rodriguez, Dan; Dir., Conf. Council on Ministries; P.O. Box 28098, San Antonio, 

TX 78284 
Hernandez, Miguel, Jr.; Conf. Lay Leader; 311 Highview, San Antonio, TX 78228 
Janes, Noemi; Pres., Conf. U.M.W.; 2830 Riggan St., Corpus Christi, TX 78411 



ROCKY MOUNTAIN (10) W 

Section D, Rows 9-10, Seats 8-12 
*Potthoff, Harvey H. (3); Prof., Iliff School of Theology; 2201 S. University Blvd.; 
Denver, CO 80210 



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McConnell, Calvin D. (6); Minister; 1401 Spruce St., Boulder, CO 80302 
Jones, Jameson (4); Pres., Iliff School of Theology; 2201 S. University Blvd.; 

Denver, CO 80210 
Nieves, Jon R. (9); Minister; 1899 S. Irving St., Denver, CO 80219 
Persons, William R. (1); Minister; 2180 S. University Blvd.; Denver, CO 80210 
Johnston, Paula (8); Homemaker; 1825 Jevi'el Dr. , Longmont, CO 80501 
Sohl, Joyce D. (E) (7); Homemaker; 2089 Fuller Rd., Colorado Springs, CO 80918 
Naylor, Edward R. (10); Corporation Exec; 3333 E. 7th Ave., Denver, CO 80206 
Robinson, Ruth (5); Reg. Nurse; 2055 Forest, Denver, CO 80207 
Anderson, Rodney D. (2); College V.-Pres.; 440 33rd St., Glenwood Springs, CO 

81601 

Reserves 

Knudsen, Harold C; District Superintendent; 2200 S. University Blvd.; Denver, 

CO 80210 
Grauberger, Bruce L. (E); Minister; 3585 W. 76th Ave., Westminster, CO 80030 
Barber, James L.; District Superintendent; 2131 E. Greenw^ich Cr. , Colorado 

Springs, CO 80909 
Boigegrain, Walter J.; District Superintendent; 320 Lilac Lane, Grand Jet., CO 

81501 
Paulson, Delbert C; Minister; 1005 Stover, Fort Collins, CO 80521 
Scheve, Margaret E.; Minister; 460 S. Marion Pkwy., #502, Denver, CO 80209 
Moeller, Romane G. (E); C.P.A.; 311 Elm Cr., Colorado Springs, CO 80906 
Takamine, Mary E.; Church Sec; 3001 Ivanhoe St., Denver, CO 80207 
McGee, Lindbergh; Jr. High V.-Prin.; 3355 Monaco Pkwy., Denver, CO 80207 
Zimmerman, Marti S.; Student; 1021 W. 100th Ave., Northglenn, CO 80221 
Spahr, Sherry; Student; 1704A Springmeadows Ct., Ft. Collins, CO 80521 
Huffman, Velma; Homemaker; 620 Delmar St., Sterling, CO 80751 



SOUTH CAROLINA (20) SE 

Section A, Row 18, Seats 1-12 

Section A, Row 19, Seats 1-8 

*Brabham, A. McKay, Jr. (5); District Superintendent; 1320 A Femwood Rd., 

Spartanburg, SC 29302 
Barrett, James S. (7); Pres., Spartanburg Methodist College; Spartanburg, SC 

29301 
Curry, J. W., Sr. (6); District Superintendent; 240 E. Black St., Rock Hill, SC 

29730 
Brittain, Thomas N. (4); Minister; 810 Glendalyn Ave., Spartanburg, SC 29302 
Reid, William C. (3); Minister; P.O. Box 203, Laurens, SC 29360 
Cannon, Ralph A. (1); Minister; 225 W. Liberty St., Sumter, SC 29150 
Newman, Omega (9); District Superintendent; P.O. Box 3505, Charleston, SC 

29407 
Taylor, Eben (2); District Superintendent; P.O. Box 1057, Anderson, SC 29621 
Lupo, C. J., Jr. (10); District Superintendent; 104 Amherst Dr., Greenwood, SC 

29646 
Johnson, Charles L. (8); Minister; P.O. Box 292, Clover, SC 29710 
Carter, Fletcher (3); Staff, Council on Ministries; Half- Way Farm, Rt. 1, Box 88, 

Gadsden, SC 29052 
Fields, Richard E. (5); Judge of Family Court; 65 Spring St., Charleston, SC 

29403 
Gramling, Mrs. Marion (6); Housewife; Box 68, GramHng, SC 29348 
Code, Allen L., Sr. (7); Retired Schoolteacher; 208M8 S. Third St., Seneca, SC 

29678 



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Grigsby, R. L., Jr. (4); Pres., Midlands Technical College; P.O. Drawer Q, 

Columbia, SC 29250 
Kent, Harry (10); Contractor; P.O. Box 932, Charleston, SC 29402 
Parker, Mrs. W. Roy (Sarah); Public Schoolteacher; 600 Greenville St., 

Pendleton, SC 29670 
Burkhalter, Mrs. Lois (9); Dist. Pres., U.M.W.; 3222 Pine Belt Rd., Columbia, 

SC 29204 
Bymside, Mrs. David (Connie) (8); Pres., Conf. U.M.W.; Rt. 1, Greer, SC 29651 
Watson, Michael (2); Physician; Drawer 528, Bamberg, SC 29003 

Reserves 

Nates, James H.; Minister; 1519 Hwy. Seven, Charleston, SC 29407 

Jenkins, E. E.; Minister; 354 Pearl St., Darlington, SC 29532 

Hicks, Granville A.; District Superintendent; 175 Boulevard, N.E., Orangeburg, 

SC 29115 
Kinnett, W. R.; Minister; P. 0. Box 8553, Greenville, SC 29604 
Whitaker, George; Minister; P.O. Box 271, Clemson, SC 29631 
Reynolds, H. RobeH; Minister; P.O. Box 550, Cheraw, SC 29520 
Jones, Phil M.; Minister; 1440 Remount St., N., Charleston, SC 29406 
Smith, F. Oscar, Jr.; Dir., Council on Ministries; 1420 Lady St., Columbia, SC 

29201 
Broome, Allan R.; Exec. Dir., Epworth Children's Home; 2900 Millwood Ave., 

Columbia, SC 29205 
Spears, Wright; Pres., Columbia College; 1320 Columbia College Dr., Columbia, 

SC 29203 
Stapleton, John M.; Minister; P.O. Box 481, Mauldin, SC 29662 
Jones, Mrs. Marion (1); Staff, Council on Ministries; P.O. Box 1406, Sumter, SC 

29150 
Rice, Spencer; Staff, Council on Ministries; 4921 Clemson Ave., Columbia, SC 

29206 
Middleton, Sam; School Administration; Rt. 1, Box 1065, Orangeburg, SC 29115 
Hipp, J. C; Businessman; 3390 Liberty St., Loris, SC 29569 
Pool, Richard; 5904 Gill Creek Rd., Columbia, SC 29206 
Jerome, J. Emmett; Box 403, Rock Hill, SC 29730 
Jackson, Rhett; Carpet & Furniture Dealer; 4848 Landrum Dr., Columbia, SC 

29206 
Wood, Paul A., Jr.; Student; Jumelle Springs Rd., Camden, SC 29020 
Murphy, Richard; Internal Revenue Agent; 365 Lake Forest Dr., Spartanburg, 

SC 29302 
Evatt, Parker; Exec. Dir., Alston Wilkes Society; 258 Chartwell Rd., Columbia, 

SC 29210 
Brantley, Mrs. Joyce; Housewife; Rt. 10, Spartanburg, SC 29303 



SOUTH DAKOTA (2) NC 

Section C, Rows 13-14, Seat 12 
Butz, Earl H. (6); District Superintendent; 2609 S. Holly Ave., Sioux Falls, SD 

57105 
*Flint, Mrs. Persis (8); Homemaker; 2708 S. 9th Ave., Sioux Falls, SD 57105 

Reserves 

Tarver, Rtissell E.; District Superintendent; 1260 McDonald Dr., Huron, SD 

57350 
Pittenger, Richard D.; Minister; 401 S. Spring, Sioux Falls, SD 57104 
Sander, Harvey; Minister; Box 579, Pierre, SD 57501 



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Anderson, Ramona (E); Homemaker; R.R., LaBolt, SD 57246 

McCarty, Walter; College Instructor; 1619 Olwein St., Brookings, SD 57006 

Kuhler, Warren; Nursing Home Adm.; Wakonda, SD 57073 



SOUTH GEORGIA (12) SE 

Section C, Rows 7-8, Seats 7-12 

Freeman, G. Ross (8); District Superintendent; 4842 Wesleyan Woods Dr., 

Macon, GA 31204 
Shirah, A. Jason (5); District Superintendent; Box 2568, Valdosta, GA 31601 
Hutcherson, Guy K. (4); District Superintendent; 3434 Hilton Woods Dr., 

Columbus, GA 31906 
Hancock, C. Wilbume (7); Minister; P.O. Box 149, Macon, GA 31202 
Duck, David A. (10); Minister; P.O. Box 1306, Valdosta, GA 31601 
Canker, C. E. (6); District Superintendent; P.O. Box 828, Thomasville, GA 31792 
*Mayo, George W. (4); Insurance; P.O. Box 6652, Savannah, GA 31405 
Carruth, Mrs. Augusta (5); Homemaker; 2903 Kemble Ave., Brunswick, GA 

31520 
Martin, S. Walter (2); College Pres. ; Valdosta State College, Valdosta, GA 31601 
Wright, George A. (3); Retired Pharmacist; P.O. Box 267, Tifton, GA 31794 
Randitt, Miss Ina (9); Retired College Prof.; 901 Third St., Cochran, GA 31014 
Jordon, Louis (1); Y.A. -Student; 413 W. Central Ave., Valdosta, GA 31601 

Reserves 

Key, W. R.; Minister; W. 12th at N. Central, Tifton, GA 31794 
Hinson, William H.; Minister; Box 5469, Columbus, GA 31906 
Daughtery, V. L., Jr.; Minister; 2201 Bull St., Savannah, GA 31401 
Waite, AlvisA., Jr.; District Superintendent; P.O. Box 876, Waycross, GA 31501 
Powell, Lenton H.; Minister; 7259 Skidaway Rd., Savannah, GA 31406 
Cleveland, Weyman R.; Minister; 429 Abercorn St., Savannah, GA 31401 
Robertson, Vemard E.; Minister; P.O. Box 407, St. Simons Island, GA 31522 
Houston, Lawrence E., Jr.; Assoc. Dir., Council on Ministries; P.O. Box 408, St. 

Simons Island, GA 31522 
Rivers, Mrs. J. R.; Housewife; P.O. Box 33, Camilla, GA 31730 
Phillips, J. Taylor; Lawyer; 1735 Winston Dr., Macon, GA 31206 
Thornton, B. I.; Business; P.O. Box 190, Cordele, GA 31015 
Johnson, Norman R.; Chemist, Civil Service; 3109 Butler Ave., Savannah, GA 

31404 
Wright, Mrs. Nevolia 0.; Housewife; 4527 Lunsford St., Columbus, GA 31903 
Shepherd, Miss Syd; Student; 1310 McRee Dr., Valdosta, GA 31601 
Sneed, James H., Jr.; Gen. Board of Discipleship Staff; P.O. Box 840, Nashville, 

TN 37202 
Peterson, Will J.; Clothing Manufacturer; Soperton, GA 30457 

Jurisdictional Reserves* 

McLendon, Fred, Jr.; Minister; Box 2054, Statesboro, GA 30458 
Braucht, Jack H.; 101 Donold Dr., Warner Robbins, GA 31092 



SOUTH GERMANY (4) OS 

Section A, Row 16, Seats 9-12 
*Sticher, Hermann (E) (4); Minister; 714 Ludwigsburg, Silcherstrasse 1, West 
Germany 

*See note, page 114. 



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Dimmler, Rolf (5); Superintendent; 88 Ansbach, Judtstrasse 15, West Germany 
Fischer, Heinz P. (1); Judge; 7906 Herrlingen, Eichenweg 2 GFR 
Jetter, Richard (E) (8); Manager; 79 Ulm/Donau, Pionierstrasse 3 GFR 

Reserves 

Schwaiger, Walter (E); Superintendent; 7000 Stuttgart 1, Birkenwaldstrasse 204 

GFR 
Nollenberger, Paul; Superintendent; 741 Reutlingen, Peter-Cornelius-Strasse 26 

GFR 
Olfermann, Kari-Alfred; 7143 Vaihingen/Enz, Goethestrasse 10 GFR 
Keck, Otto; 7454 Bodelshausen, Hechinger Strasse 34 GFR 



SOUTH INDIA (2) OS 

Section C, Row 14, Seats 10-11 
*Yesumithra, S. (2); District Superintendent; Yadgiri Methodist Church, 

Yadgiri, Kamataka, India 
Jayaprabhu, E. (2); Professor; c/o Gulbarga Methodist Church, Gulbarga, India 

Reserves 

Samuel, K.; Professor; Leonard Theological College, Jabalpur, India 
Edwards, Miss S.; 



SOUTH INDIANA (18) NC 

Section B, Row 19, Seats 1-12 

Section B, Row 20, Seats 7-12 

Forbes, J. Kenneth (7); Exec. Asst. to the Bishop; 1100 W. 42nd St., Indianapolis, 

IN 46208 
Crawford, Gene P. (E) (5); District Superintendent; 644 E. 38th St., 207, 

Indianapolis, IN 46205 
Hodajyp, Leroy C. (1); Dir., Council on Ministries; 2427 E. 2nd St., Bloomington, 

IN 47401 
Holmes, Robert C. (3); District Superintendent; 1005 N. East St., Greensburg, 

IN 46208 
Hamilton, Richard E. (4); Minister; 3808 N. Meridian, Indianapolis, IN 46240 
Lawson, David J. (2); District Superintendent; 1214 Southfield Rd., Evansville, 

IN 47715 
Stanton, Charles F. (E) (8); Staff, Council on Ministries; 2427 E. 2nd St., 

Bloomington, IN 47401 
Koenig, Robert W. (E) (6); Minister; 601 Main St., Mt. Vernon, IN 47620 
Christopher, Richard L. (9); Minister; Box 544, New Castle, IN 47362 
*Thomas, John J. (1); Attorney; Box 194, Brazil, IN 47834 
Ludwig, Lois S. (5); Teacher; 1015 Greenwood Ave., Bloomington, IN 47401 
Bingham, Clifford H. (E) (3); Retired Personnel Adm.; R.R. 4, Horrall Hills, 

Washington, IN 47501 
Harris, Velma M. (8); Secretary; 3118 26th St., Columbus, IN 47201 
Lorch, Basil, Jr. (10); Attorney; 1802 Crestwood Dr., New Albany, IN 47150 
Susat, Edward C. (4); Dir. of Placement, Univ. of Evansville; 2901 Wayside Dr., 

Evansville, IN 47711 
Easley, John J. (E) (6); Pharmacist; Box 7, Clay City, IN 47841 
Bryant, Thomas V. (9); Fed. Civil Service; 1431 Frederick Ave., Jeffersonville, 

IN 47130 
Crawford, Ray M. (E) (2); Retired; 2102 Ehn St., New Albany, IN 47150 



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Reserves 

Tyler, Charles A.; District Superintendent; 644 E. 38th St., 207, Indianapolis, IN 

46205 
Myers, Charles L.; District Superintendent; 1924 E. 3rd St., Bloominrton IN 

47401 
Emerson, Joe G.; Minister; 618 8th St., Columbus, IN 47201 
Rice, George E.; Minister; 5959 Grandview Dr., Indianapolis, IN 46208 
Wright, Lloyd M.; Staff, Council on Ministries; 2427 E. 2nd St., Bloomineton, IN 

47401 
Ruach, Susan W. N.; Minister; 106 S. Park, Batesville, IN 47006 
Murphy, William T.; Minister; 2701 Poplar, Terre Haute, IN 47803 
Edwards, Esther E. (E); Gen. Board of Higher Education & Ministry; 5000 

Hillsboro Rd., Green Hills Manor, Nashville, TN 37203 
Clayton, William R. (E); Minister; 35 W. Franklin, Shelbyville, IN 46176 
Green, Dorothea S.; Adm. Asst., Comm. on Human Equality; 1130 Emory Lane, 

Indianapolis, IN 46241 
Easley, Sarah R. (E); Nurse; Box 7, Clay City, IN 47841 
White, David L., Jr.; Area Dir., Mental Health Board; 1614 E. 8th St., 

JeffersonviUe, IN 47130 
Wilcoxon, Francis M. (E); Charter Life Underwriter; R.R. 1, Brazil, IN 47834 
Van Stone, Jack N.; Attorney; 1301 Southfield Rd., Evansville, IN 47715 
Bastain, Mary L.; Teacher; 1705 S. "H" St., Bedford, IN 47421 
Ellis, Carolyn; Nurse; R.R. 1, Box 133A, Vincennes, IN 47591 
Marshall, Carolyn; Corporation Sec; 204 N. NewUng, Veedersburg, IN 47987 
Talbott, Norbert L.; Field Rep., Nat'l Foundation, March of Dimes; 179 N. Post 

Rd., Indianapolis, IN 46219 

SOUTHEAST AFRICA (2) OS 

Section A, Row 19, Seats 9-10 
*Penicela, Almeida (2); Professor; Caixa Postal 2640, Lourenco Marques, 

Mocambique 
Bahule, Andre N. (2); Medical Student; Caixa Postal 2640, Lourenco Marques, 

Mocambique 

Reserve 

Massuque, Filimone M.; Minister; C.P. 2640, Maputo, Mocambique 



SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA-ARIZONA (22) W 
Section C, Rows 17-18, Seats 2-12 
*Cain, Richard W. (4); Minister; 5510 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85012 
Galvan, Elias G. (9); District Superintendent; 6260 Tyrone Ave., Van Nuys, CA 

91401 
Trotter, J. Irwin (2); Dir., Conf. Council on Ministries; 5250 Santa Monica Blvd., 

Los Angeles, CA 90029 
Farley, Thomas K. (3); Prog. Counselor, Conf. Council on Ministries; 213 E. 

University Dr., Tempe, AZ 85281 
Burdine, Richard T. (E) (1); Minister; P.O. Box 96, Brea, CA 92621 
Zimmerman, DeWane R. (8); District Superintendent; 4075 Park Blvd., San 

Diego, CA 92103 
Coots, FredH., Jr. (5); District Superintendent; 114 N. Pomona Ave., Fullerton, 

CA 92632 
Mann, George M. (6); Minister; 500 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91101 



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Talbert, Melvin G. (7); Gen. Sec, Board of Discipleship; P.O. Box 840, Nashville, 

TN 37202 
Kesler, N. Robert (4); Superintendent; 2325 E. 3rd St., Long Beach, CA 90814 
Wayman, Phyllis Tyler (10); Dir., Wesley Foundation, Long Beach State 

CoUege; 11638 E. Harvard Dr., Norwalk, CA 90650 
Mabee, Marilynn (8); Homemaker; 1601 Joanne St., Oxnard, CA 93030 
Rollins, William B. (5); Exec. Sec, Conf. Board of Global Ministries; 5250 Santa 

Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90029 
Kesler, Becky (3); Student; 7772»/^ University Ave., La Mesa, CA 92041 
Wickett, Jean L. (5); Church Volunteer; 631 Cliff Drive, #16A, Laguna Beach, 

CA 92651 
Anderson, Beverly J. (9); Customer Accts., Garment Ind.; 415 N. Holliston Ave., 

#14, Pasadena, CA 91106 
Bobbitt, PauUne (6); Housewife, Volunteer; 4014 El Rovia Ave., El Monte, CA 

91731 
Moats, Diane (2); Dir., Ethnic Planning and Strategy Dept.; 5250 Santa Monica 

Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90029 
Aguilar, Clifford B. (7); Dir., Spanish-Amer. Inst.; 5910 Belice Ave., Long Beach, 

CA 90815 
Warner, Ronald H. (4); Furniture & Interior Decorator; 2645 E. Osborn Rd., 

Phoenix, AZ 85016 
Asano, Milton K. (10); Medical Ins. Programmer; 2149 Kauhana St., Honolulu, HI 

96816 
Lugo, Michael (1); Architect; 4201 N. Saranac, Tucson, AZ 85718 

Reserves 

Chen, Peter F.; Minister; 475 Riverside Dr., New York, NY 10027 
Locher, Donald R.; Minister; 305 E. Anapamu, Santa Barbara, CA 93101 
Rogers, Cornish R.; Minister; 1800 S. "C" St., Oxnard, CA 93030 
Zimmer, John A.; Minister; 5950 E. Willow St., Long Beach, CA 90815 
Collett, Samuel E.; Minister; 710 Third Ave., Chula Vista, CA 92010 
Sasaki, James K.; Minister; 20 S. Vineyard Blvd., Honolulu, HI 96813 
Stanley, RobeHA.; District Superintendent; P.O. Box 12039, Tucson, AZ 85711 
Weirbach, Robert B.; District Superintendent; 4845 Brockton Ave., Riverside, 

CA 92506 
Trotter, F. Thomas; Gen. Sec, Board of Higher Education & Ministry; P.O. Box 

871, Nashville, TN 37202 
Harada, David J.; Minister; 5829 Mahimahi St., Honolulu, HI 96821 
Nishikawa, George Y.; District Superintendent; 5250 Santa Monica Blvd., Los 

Angeles, CA 90029 
Phillips, Randall C; Minister; 711 S. Plymouth Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90005 
Smith, Robert; Minister; 4847 Presidio Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90043 
Grumbein, Percy, Jr. (E); Electronics Engineer; 3620 Moreno Ave., #103, La 

Verne, CA 91750 
Lindsey, Jane; Homemaker, Volunteer; 891 S. Walnut, Anaheim, CA 92804 
Buhler, Don; Construction; 113 Via Lido Sound, Newport Beach, CA 92660 
Hanna, Lois (E); Homemaker; 624 E. Princeton, Ontario, CA 91764 
Seifert, Lois; Christian Educator; 1527 N. Bates, Claremont, CA 91711 
Kirkman, John W.; Conf. Treasurer; 5250 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 

90029 
Choi, Charles W.; Consulting Engineer; 2450 Lorain Rd., San Marino, CA 91108 
CutshaU, Robert M.; Insurance Broker; 9636 El Venado Dr., Whittier, CA 90603 
Crawford, Bea; Secretary, Bookkeeper; 405 S. La Jolla Ave., Tucson, AZ 85711 
Temple, A. L.; Public Administrator; 31 Laiki PL, Kailua, HI 96734 
Haase, Becky; Housewife; 733 Portola Ave., Glendale, CA 91206 



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Harshman, David T.; Insurance Processor; 3214 Sparr Blvd., Glendale, CA 91208 
Hilts, Mildred; Professional Volunteer; 5280 Atherton St., Apt. 141, Long Beach, 
CA 90815 

SOUTHERN ILLINOIS (8) NC 

Section C, Rows 9-10, Seats 9-12 
Wagner, Boyd E. (4); District Superintendent; 402 N. Poplar, Carbondale, XL 

62901 
Lippman, Roland A. (3); District Superintendent; 535 N. Jefferson, Olney, IL 

62450 
Nettleton, James L. (2); Dir., Council on Ministries; 1919 Broadway, Mt. Vernon, 

IL 62864 
Levns, William B. (1); Minister; 2nd & St. Louis, Edwardsville, IL 62025 
*Hasler, Freda (E) (6); Minister's Secretary; Rt. 1, Olney, IL 62450 
Cumniins, Marlene S. (5); Teacher; 1710 Kane, Carlyle, IL 62231 
Rider, John R. (8); University Prof.; 1129 W. High, Edwardsville, IL 62025 
CampbeU, Berlin T. (9); Retired State Employee; 713 W. Main, Olney, IL 62450 

Reserves 

Wilson, Ira (E); Minister; 309 N. Grant, Mascoutah, IL 62258 

Hahs, Billy G.; District Superintendent; 1019 N. Burtschi, Vandalia, IL 62471 

Mollis, RobeH; Minister; #2 Signal Hill, Belleville, IL 62223 

Henderson, John; District Superintendent; 619 Janet Dr., Lebanon, IL 62254 

Teer, Lila B.; Retired Univ. Coordinator; 1624 Tudor, East St. Louis, IL 62207 

Lirley, Stephen W.; College Student; 300 W. Delaware, Fairfield, IL 62837 

Tarvin, Robert; College Pres.; 913 Monroe, Johnston City, IL 62951 

Searcy, Marion; Postal Employee; 1012 W. Willow, Carbondale, IL 62901 



Jurisdictional Reserve* 

Fearheiley, Robert (E); Mgr., Lumber Co.; 422 Chestnut St., Mt. Carmel, IL 
62863 

SOUTHERN NEW ENGLAND (10) NE 
Section C, Rows 1-2, Seats 1-5 
Taylor, Blaine E. (7); Minister; 61 Monadnock Rd., Worcester, MA 01609 
White, C. Dale (4); District Superintendent; 43 Gould PI., East Greenwich, 

RI 02818 
Del Pino, Jerome K. (3); Minister; 380 Washington St., Dorchester, MA 02124 
Thomason, Terry C. (10); Conf. Treasurer; 581 Boylston St., Room 83, Boston, 

MA 02116 
Mailman, Julieanne S. (1); Minister; 38 Bedford St., Bridgewater, MA 02324 
*Crain, Dight W. (2); Exec. V.-Pres., Food Mfg.; 10 Clover Lane, Natick, MA 

01760 
Ambler, Elizabeth (9); Pres., Conf. Council on Youth; 25 Brook St., Framingham, 

MA 01701 
Evans, Mary Lou (5); Pres., Conf. U.M.W.; Lincoln Rd., Lincoln, MA 01773 
Thompson, Walter (6); Conf. Lay Leader; 8 Juniper St., Barrington, RI 02806 
Smith, Harold F., Sr. (8); Dir., Boys Inn; 9 Queen St., Dorchester, MA 02122 

Reserves 

Johnson, Shephard S.; Minister; 249 Old Sudbury Rd., Sudbury, MA 01776 
White, E. McKinnon; Minister; 204 Pondview Dr., Springfield, MA 01108 



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Bideaux, Rene 0.; District Superintendent; 36 Bolton Center Rd., Bolton, CT 

06040 
Campbell, J. Gary; Minister; 24 Linnea Lane, Reading, MA 01867 
Harding, Richard E.; District Superintendent; 388 Porter St., Melrose, MA 

02176 
Almond, Lawrence F.; Minister; 165 Plain St., Marshfield, MA 02050 
Robinson, Joyce (E); Housewife; 50 Wild Rose Dr., Andover, MA 01810 
Shinn, Ridgway F., Jr.; College V.-Pres.; 22 Whittier Dr., Johnston, RI 02919 
Wilson, Lois; Housewife; 245 Union St., East Bridgewater, MA 02333 
Mitchell, Berynce; Conf. Missionary Sec; 9 Hollis Rd., South Easton, MA 02375 
Brown, Candice; Housewife; 66 Millet St., Dorchester. MA 02124 
White, Gwendolyn R.; Housewife; 43 Gould PL, East Greenwich, RI 02818 



SOUTHERN NEW JERSEY (8) NE 

Section A, Rows 10-11, Seats 1-4 
*Sayre, Charles A. (10); Minister; 24 S. Hinchman Ave., Haddonfield, NJ 08033 
Lee, Ernest W. (8); Program Dir.; 930 Jefferson Ave., Cherry Hill, NJ 08034 
Cheney, Edward B. (6); District Superintendent; 2 Denise Dr., Trenton, NJ 

08690 
Halvorsen, Carl W. (4); District Superintendent; 199 E. Lake Dr., Audubon, NJ 

08106 
Brogdon, Elizabeth S. (7); Homemaker; 4 Ramapo Lane, Beach Haven, NJ 08008 
Mason, William G. (3); Corporation Treas.; 8751 Bryn Mawr Ave., Pennsauken, 

NJ 08109 
Beppler, Ronald (2); Office Manager; 2326 Corbett Rd., Pennsauken, NJ 08109 
Walker, Leon E. (5); Data Processing Dept. Supv.; 432 W. Pine St., Audubon, NJ 

08106 

Reserves 

Lyght, Ernest S.; Minister; 77 Barrington Lane, Willingboro, NJ 08046 

Shivers, Russell; Minister; 25 Hunter St., Woodbury, NJ 08096 

Stanger, Frank B.; Pres., Asbury Theological Seminary; 203 Asbury Dr., 

Wihnore, KY 40390 
Davis, Hooker D.; Minister; 103 Monmouth Rd., Oakhurst, NJ 07755 
Finch, David M.; Minister; 48 Brighton Dr., Trenton, NJ 08619 
Menking, Stanley J.; Minister; 33 Warwick Rd., Haddonfield, NJ 08033 
Hann, Edwin F., Jr.; Retired Attorney; 101 Famsworth Ave., Bordentown, NJ 

08505 
Shipps, Hammell P.; Physician-Surgeon; 260 Tenby Chase Dr., Deb-an, NJ 08075 
Ritt, William T., Jr. (E); Technician; 12 Darien Rd., Howell, NJ 08701 
Klein, Gertrude C; Secretary; 345 Farwood Rd., Haddonfield, NJ 08033 
Moore, Alice P.; Inspector; 601 Quinton Rd., Salem, NJ 08079 
Davis, Elwood; Banking Officer; 1614 N. Arkansas Ave., Atlantic City, NJ 08401 



SOUTHERN ZAIRE (2) OS 

Section A, Row 13, Seats 5-6 
*Mutombu, Kayij (5); District Superintendent; B.P. 1571, Kolwezi, Rep. Zaire 
Namwan, Kat (9); V-Pres., W.S.C.S.; B.P. 522, Lubumbashi, Rep. Zaire 

Reserves 

Sampasa, Nshid; Pastor; B.P. 76, Kapanga, Rep. Zaire 
Munung, Yav; Director; B.P. 5, Sandoa, Rep. Zaire 



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SOUTHWEST GERMANY (4) OS 

Section D, Rows 19-20, Seats 2-3 
*Stoecker, Hans-Jurgen (6); Superintendent; 6 Bergen-Enkheim, Im Hermeshain 

1, West CSrermany 
Dauner, Immanuel (E) (3); Minister; 75 Karlsruhe 41, Amalienbadstr. 5/7, West 

Germany 
Hermann, Theodor (7); 6330 Wetzlar, Am Sturzkopf 24f, West Germany 
Goebel, Horst (E) (9); 6906 Leimen, Im Bubenwingert 17, West Germany 

Reserves 

Michelmann, Heinrich; Minister; 753 Pforzheim, Maximilianstr. 28, West 

Germany 
Deiss, Werner (E); Superintendent; 75 Karlsruhe 41, Auerstr. 20, West Germany 
Kumm, Kurt; Minister; 6 Frankfurt/M, Wilhelm-Leuschner-Str. 8, West 

Germany 
Els, Albrecht (E); Minister; 634 DiUenburg, Oranienstr. 22, West Germany 
Speer, Fritz; 605 Offenbach, Kurhessenstr. 14, West Germany 
Herrmann, Erich (E); 6 Frankfurt/M, Kobbachstr. 9, West Germany 
Wallmeroth, Erich; 5241 Weitefeld-Oberdr.b., Mittelstr. 64, West Germany 
Scheuermann, Martin (E); 68 Mannheim-Pfingstberg 81, Zum Dombusch 10, 

West Germany 



SOUTHWEST TEXAS (10) SC 
Section C, Row 21, Seats 1-10 
Woods, Prenza L. (7); Minister; 508 N. Center, San Antonio, TX 78202 
Richardson, Ted (8); District Superintendent; Box 28098, San Antonio, TX 78284 
Harris, William M. (2); District Superintendent; Box 2091, Austin, TX 78767 
Moore, J. Barcus (9); District Superintendent; 3510 Gollihar, Corpus Christi, TX 

78415 
Seiler, Ralph H. (10); Minister; 230 E. Travis, San Antonio, TX 78205 
*Reavley, Tom (1); Justice, State Supreme Court; 1312 Meriden, Austin, TX 

78703 
King, John T. (4); Educator; 2400 Givens, Austin, TX 78722 
Wilshusen, Mrs. JoAnn (5); Homemaker; 326 Glenmore, Corpus Christi, TX 

78412 
Wise, Tom (3); Building Contractor; 2308 Louis PL, Harlingen, TX 78550 
Hand, Don (6); Attorney; 3003 N.W. Loop 410, San Antonio, TX 78230 

Reserves 

Heacock, Jack D.; Minister; Box 1666, Austin, TX 78767 

Solomon, Dan E.; Minister; Box 8202, Corpus Christi, TX 78412 

Ricker, George M.; Minister; 2409 Guadalupe, Austin, TX 78705 

Gibbs, John R.; Minister; 1902 Vance Jackson, San Antonio, TX 78213 

GilbeH, John C; Minister; Box 1510, Harlingen, TX 78550 

Hierholzer, Elmer J.; District Superintendent; 1209 Whitewing, McAllen, TX 

78501 
May field, James L.; Minister; Drawer 27, Port Lavaca, TX 77979 
Walker, James; Civil Servicer^73 W. Jefferson, Seguin, TX 78155 
Gee, Mrs. Barbara; Homemaker; 4603 Ridge Oak, Austin, TX 78731 
Grimes, Mrs. Effie Nell; Secretary; 1335 Schley, San Antonio, TX 78210 
Johnson, Mrs. Clara; Mortician; 5612 E. 19th, Austin. TX 78721 
Lembke, Glen; Civil Service, Retired; 134 Bryker, San Antonio, TX 78209 
Bohmfalk, Stanley; Physician; 800 S. Georgia, Weslaco, TX 78596 
McDonald, Ted; Utilities Exec; Box 2561, HarUngen, TX 78550 



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SWEDEN (2) OS 

Section A, Row 14, Seats 5-6 
*Kallstad, Thorvald E. (4); Dean; Danska vagen 20, S-412 66 Gothenburgh, 

Sweden 
WaUstedt, Olle 

Reserves 

Wedar, Torsten E. V.; Pastor; Sibylleg. 18, S-114 42 Stockholm, Sweden 
Lindell, Rolf; Pastor; Lekareg. 2, S-603 67 Norrkoping, Sweden 
Lind, Mrs. Birgit (2); Teacher, Sturegatan 50, 502 31 Boras, Sweden 
Holm, Carl; Dean; Liljeholmens Folkhogskola, S-590 41 Rimforsa, Sweden 



SWITZERLAND-FRANCE (4) OS 

Section A, Rows 10-11, Seats 5-6 
Bolleter, Heinrich (4); Minister; Postfach 268, 8037 Zurich, Habsburgstrasse 17, 

Switzerland 
Humbel, Herbert (6); Minister; Gundeldingerstrasse 161, CH-4053 Basel, 

Switzerland 
Stich, Siegfried (E) (8); Larchenfeld 414, 4803 Vordemwald, Switzerland 
*Gsell, Theo (3); Hallwilstrasse 2, CH-5600 Lenzburg, Switzerland 

Reserves 

Geissbuhler, Theo (E); Minister; Frey Herose-Strasse 17, 5000 Aarau, Switzer- 
land 
Siegfried, Peter; Minister; Regensbergstrasse 148, 8050 Zurich, Switzerland 
Kull, Erich; Niederweg 24, 8907 Wettswil, Switzerland 
Merz, Alfred (E); Lettenstrasse 5, 5200 Windisch, Switzerland 



TENNESSEE (12) SE 

Section D, Rows 1-2, Seats 7-12 

Spain, RobeH H. (10); Minister; 121 Davidson Rd., Nashville, TN 37205 

Morris, William W. (4); District Superintendent; Box 847, Clarksville, TN 37040 

Masters, L. D. (3); District Superintendent; 1701 21st Ave. S., Suite 419, 

Nashville, TN 37212 
Broyles, J. E. (2); Minister; 3511 Gallatin Rd., Nashville, TN 37216 
Clark, Roy C. (8); Minister; 2130 West End Ave., Nashville, TN 37203 
Stames, Billy M. (9); Pres., Martin College; Pulaski, TN 38478 
*Bell, James M. (3); Real Estate; Box 79, Rt. 6, Dickson, TN 37055 
McKenzie, Anne (4); Deaconess; First United Methodist Church, Livingston, TN 

38570 
Fitts, Mrs. Gladys M. (7); Statistician; 4209 Sneed Ave., NashviUe, TN 37215 
Ford, Floyd (1); College Prof.; Rt. 12, Box 147, Clarksville, TN 37040 
Buttrey, D. R. (5); Banker; 5936 Sedberry Rd., Nashville, TN 37205 
Stone, Lloyd; Ret. U.S. Govt. Empl.; 903 Woodmont Dr., Murfreesboro, TN 

37131 

Reserves 

Tomlin, William H.; District Superintendent; 1303 N. Gallatin Rd., Madison, TN 

37115 
Carry, John G.; Dir., Conf. Council on Ministries; 1907 Acklen Ave., Nashville, 

TN 37212 
Blankenship, H. F.; District Superintendent; 418 Minerva Dr., Murfreesboro, 

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Hunt, C. H.; Minister; 220 N. Church, Murfreesboro, TN 37130 
Barnes, William L.; Minister; 1927 19th Ave. S., Nashville, TN 37212 
Madden, Mrs. John (E); Homemaker; 2506 Eastland Ave., Nashville, TN 37207 
Luton, Mrs. 0. S. (6); Homemaker; 1944 Norwood Trail, Clarksville, TN 37040 
Turner, George; Retired Schoolteacher; 700 Jones Circle, Lewisburg, TN 37091 
Potter, Thomas K.; V.-Pres., U.M.P.H.; 805 Davidson Dr., Nashville, TN 37205 
Durham, Walter T.; Building Supplies; 1010 Durham Dr., Gallatin, TN 37066 



TEXAS (20) SC 
Section C, Rows 15-16, Seats 1-10 
*Shamhlin, J. Kenneth (2); Minister; Box 22013, Houston, TX 77027 
Allen, Charles L. (7); Minister; 1320 S. Main, Houston, TX 77002 
Hardt, John W. (4); Minister; Box 3247, Beaumont, TX 77704 
Shook, Wallace T. (5); District Superintendent; 5215 S. Main, Houston, TX 77002 
Hayes, Robert E., Sr. (9); Pres., Wiley College; Marshall, TX 75670 
Kellow, M. K. (3); Minister; 4417 Bellaire, Houston, TX 77401 
Lenox, Asbury (6); District Superintendent; 5215 S. Main, Houston, TX 77002 
Mayes, Allen M. (10); Gen. Board of Pensions; 1200 Davis, Evanston, IL 60201 
McCleskey, Wayne H. (8); Minister; 300 W. Erwin, Tyler, TX 75701 
Love, Elza L. (1); District Superintendent; P.O. Box 3666, Bryan, TX 77801 
Goens, Ray W. (2); Physician; 9402 Cranleigh, Houston, TX 77035 
Seals, Woodrow (6); Judge, U.S. Dist.; 1510 Lehman, Houston, TX 77018 
Morton, Hallie (5); Housewife; 1369 Prairie, Beaumont, TX 77701 
Allen, Joe B. (3); Lawyer, Conf. Lay Leader; 1105 Eden, Longview, TX 75601 
Clark, Lenora F. (4); Housewife; 10 Perthius Dr., LaMarque, TX 77568 
Strickland, Don (7); Businessman; Box 1268, Liberty, TX 77575 
Gray, Mrs. Vivienne (8); Teacher, Wiley College; Marshall, TX 75670 
Decker, Hazel M. (9); Housewife; P.O. Box 1307, Jacksonville, TX 75766 
Rhone, Raymond D. (10); Banker, Conf. Treasurer; Box 2009, Tyler, TX 75701 
Faubion, Mrs. Maurice (1); Housewife; 3031 Robinhood, Houston, TX 77005 

Reserves 

Shoultz, Jack W.; Minister; Box 35575, Houston, TX 77035 

Randolph, W. B.; Minister; Box 8216, Houston, TX 77004 

Heflin, James M.; District Superintendent; Box 898, Baytown, TX 77520 

Scales, Roland T.; Minister; 3030 Copeland Rd., Tyler, TX 75701 

Orrick, L. C; Minister; 5501 Beechnut, Houston, TX 77035 

Riley, James L.; Minister; 1330 Gessner, Houston, TX 77055 

Matthis, Leon C; District Superintendent; 6 Knightsbridge PL, Texarkana, TX 

75501 
Barrow, Emmitt C; Minister; Box 1358, Port Arthur, TX 77640 
Lambert, Kenneth M.; Wesley Foundation, Stephen F. Austin State College; Box 

4609, Nacogdoches, TX 75961 
Fagan, Harold; Minister; Box 850, Pasadena, TX 77501 
Haygood, W. H.; Minister; Box 6908, Houston, TX 77005 
Roberts, James Z.; Civil Service; 1205 1st, Orange, TX 77630 
Crawford, Mrs. Mary; Teacher, Wiley College; Marshall, TX 75670 
Paxton, Jim R.; Attorney; Box P, Palestine, TX 70581 
Pope, H. D.; Physician; 3411 Parkway Terr., Bryan, TX 77801 
McGrew, Mrs. Mary; Model Cities; 7305 Brompton, #105B, Houston, TX 77025 
Humphrey, L. A.; C.P.A.; 5518 Ave. K, Galveston, TX 77550 
Schmidt, Mrs. C. V.; Housewife; 6525 Hillcroft, Houston, TX 77036 
Bramlett, Sam C; Accountant; 3228 Indiana, Baytown, TX 77520 
Rice, R. G.; Oil Operator; 3701 Kirby, Suite 862, Houston, TX 77006 



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McKinstry, Ms. Sylvia; Insurance Agent; 1004 Polly, Baytown, TX 77520 
Hodges, Joe D.; Post Office; 8415 Cargill, Houston, TX 77029 

TROY (8) NE 

Section C, Rows 6-7, Seats 1-4 

*Patton, Luther A. (4); District Superintendent; 8 Brookwood Dr., Saratoga 

Springs, NY 12866 
Melius, AHhurR. (1); Minister; 603 State St., Schenectady, NY 12307 
Fishbeck, Royal B., Jr. (9); Dir., Conf. Council on Ministries; 157 Lake Ave., 

Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 
Conklin, Rowland S. (6); Minister; 4 Parkwood Dr., Burnt Hills, NY 12027 
Cooper, Earle N. (8); Lawyer; 12 Church St., Nassau, NY 12123 
Trost, Alice (5); 30 Fifth Ave., Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 
French, Edith (3); R.D. 2, Stowe, VT 05072 
Doty, Arthur L. (10); Owner, Credit Bureau; Salisbury, VT 05769 

Reserves 

Adkins, Leon M., Jr.; Minister; 201 N. TenBroeck St., Scotia, NY 12302 

Giles, David A.; Minister; 215 Lancaster St., Albany, NY 12210 

Saunders, Winston A.; District Superintendent; 4 Arden Craig Dr., Albany, NY 

12203 
Brushett, Donald A.; District Superintendent; 249 Shelbume Rd., Burlington, 

VT 05401 
Parrish, C. Julian; Retired, State Civil Service; 517 Dawson Rd., Delmar, NY 

12054 
Keenan, lone; Medical Asst.; 1 Maplewood Lane, Essex Junction, VT 05452 
Vanderbilt, Chester; Retired, Newspaper Circulation; 30 Birchwood Ave., 

Rensselaer, NY 12144 
O'Neal, Marian; Bookkeeper; 301 Park Ave., Schenectady, NY 12304 

VIRGINIA (30) SE 

Section C, Rows 3-4, Seats 1-12 

Section C, Row 5, Seats 1-6 

*Minnick, Carlton P., Jr. (4); Minister; 1423 Glebe Rd., Arlington, VA 22207 

Tate, Godfrey L., Jr. (1); District Superintendent; 8222 Whistler Rd., Richmond, 

VA 23227 
Martin, Paul D., Jr. (7); Exec. Dir., Va. United Meth. Homes; 7824 Ardendale 

Rd., Richmond, VA 23225 
Fink, Harold H. (7); Minister; 901 Forest Ave., Richmond, VA 23229 
Smith, James R. (4); District Superintendent; Prof. Park Bldg., Suite 207, 4502 

Starkey Rd. S.W., Roanoke, VA 24014 
Turner, James W. (8); District Superintendent; 5001 Echols Ave., Alexandria, 

VA 22311 
Eaton, Harry B. (8); Dir., Conf. Council on Ministries; 4016 W. Broad St., 

Richmond, VA 23230 
Eutsler, Ralph K. (5); District Superintendent; 5001 Echols Ave., Alexandria, 

VA 22311 
Mast, Jacob W. (3); District Superintendent; P.O. Box 380, Lynchburg, VA 24505 
Knight, William E. (2); Minister; 3591 Windsor Rd. S.W., Roanoke, VA 24018 
Landis, Theodore E. (3); Minister; 217 Fairmont Circle, Danville, VA 24541 
Carson, Joseph T., Jr. (6); Minister; 3812 Craighill, Lynchburg, VA 24502 
Sheajfer, Lee B. (E) (6); Minister; P.O. Box 887, Salem, VA 24153 
Emurian, Ernest K. (9); Minister; 3541 N. Nellie Custis Dr., Arlington, VA 

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Graver, Esdras S. (10); District Superintendent; 117 Boscawen St., Winchester, 

VA 22601 
Walker, W. Roland (3); Gen. Contractor; P.O. Box 370, Kenbridge, VA 23944 
Bray, Jerry G., Jr. (2); Judge; 707 E. Liberty St., Chesapeake, VA 23324 
Bom, Ethel W. (5); Pres., Conf. U.M.W.; 3046 Jermantown Rd., Oakton, VA 

22124 
Kellam, Harold B. (6); Insurance Broker; P.O. Box 777, Virginia Beach, VA 

23451 
Carpenter, Robert B., Jr. (1); Supt., EngUsh Construction Co.; 1415 Broad St., 

AltaVista, VA 24517 
Robey, William T., Jr. (7); Pres. of C.F.A., Businessman; P.O. Box 951, Buena 

Vista, VA 24416 
White, Luther W., Ill (4); Pres., Randolph-Macon College; Ashland, VA 23005 
Baker, Sandra (E) (1); Homemaker; 1002 Borden Rd., Richmond, VA 23229 
Jefferson, A. G. (3); Conf. Trustee, Optician; Allied Arts Bldg., Lynchburg, VA 

24504 
Russell, Patti B. (8); Meth. Info., Businesswoman; 2402 Hanover, Richmond, VA 

23220 
Russell, John B. (7); Lawyer; 1510 Ross Bldg., Richmond, VA 23219 
Vaughan, William C. (6); Businessman; 2306 Bedford Ave., Lynchburg, VA 24503 
Douglas, WiUard H., Jr. (10); Judge; 415 N. Second St., Richmond, VA 23219 
Simpson, John C, Jr. (5); Optometrist; 158 Confederate Ave., Danville, VA 

24541 
Rowe, J. Edgar (9); Prod. Cont. Newport News Shipbuilding; 107 Salt Pond Rd., 

Hampton, VA 23664 

Reserves 

Clem, Betty J. (E); Minister; Blue Grass, VA 24413 

Lightner, George S.; Exec. Sec, Board of Pensions; 4016 W. Broad St., 

Richmond, VA 23230 
Newman, Melvin D.; Minister; P.O. Box 1305, Roanoke, VA 24007 
Felty, Beverly; District Superintendent; P.O. Box 276, Danville, VA 24541 
Hughes, Harold H., Sr.; District Superintendent; 4016 W. Broad St., Richmond, 

VA 23230 
Thompson, Elmer A.; Dir., Area Training; 4016 W. Broad St., Richmond, VA 

23230 
Woolridge, Eiigene R., Jr.; District Superintendent; 1105 Ridgewood Rd., 

Harrisonburg, VA 22801 
VanDyck, Frank H., Jr.; District Superintendent; 1717 N. Augusta St., 

Staunton, VA 24401 
Freeman, William C.; District Superintendent; 301 Fourth Ave., Farmville, VA 

23901 
Ashby, Harvey W.; Minister; 2330 S. Jefferson St., Roanoke, VA 24014 
Parker, Robert P.; Pres., Shenandoah College and Conservatory; 524 Jefferson 

St., Winchester, VA 22601 
Bailey, Paul C. (E); Minister; P.O. Box 5, Clarksville, VA 23927 
Faris, Richard B.; Minister; 8501 Crown PL, Alexandria, VA 22308 
Matthews, Henry M.; Minister; 22 E. Washington St., Petersburg, VA 23803 
Watkins, Royal B.; Minister; 3410 S. Eighth St., Arlington, VA 22204 
Dillard, Frederick D., Jr.; Minister; 10398 Stratford Ave., Fairfax, VA 22030 
Casey, RobeH T.; Minister; 6306 AnneUese Dr., Falls Church, VA 22044 
Hughes, Kathi; Student; 250 Franklin St., Harrisonburg, VA 22801 
Cooper, Mildred; Conf. Coord., Youth Ministry; 4016 W. Broad St., Richmond, 

VA 23230 
Decker, Clyde; Retired Businessman; 2904 Replica Lane, Portsmouth, VA 23703 



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Clark, Lambuth M.; Pres., Virginia Wesleyan College; Norfolk, VA 23502 
Ravenhorst, Henry L.; Prof., Washington & Lee Univ.; Drawer 904, Lexington, 

VA 24450 
Linhoss, John C. (E); Businessman; Rt. 5, Box 114, Staunton, VA 24401 
Chiles, Charles E.; Dist. Lay Leader; Louisa, VA 23090 
Rixse, John H., Jr.; Eng., Agency for Intl. Dev.; 717 Grandview Dr., Alexandria, 

VA 22304 
McFarland, Paul M.; Student; 680 S. Mason St., Harrisonburg, VA 22801 
French, Burton L.; Govt. Agr. Economist; 3016 Paul St., Alexandria, VA 22311 
Billingsley, Mrs. T. E.; Homemaker; P.O. Box 46, Monterey, VA 24465 
Yow, Rebecca; Dir. of Ministries, Mt. Vernon Church; 107 W. Main St., Danville, 

VA 24541 
Figgs, Clyde P.; Dist. Lay Leader; P.O. Box 5, Parksley, VA 23412 
Vantine, Donald A.; Retired Businessman; 7308 Dunstan St., Springfield, VA 

22151 
Hartz, Mrs. A. Paul; Homemaker; P.O. Box 5, Waverly, VA 23890 
Allen, Mrs. James J.; Homemaker; 1720 S. Fillmore St., Arlington, VA 22204 
Langston, D. Glen; Chm., Conf. Comm. on Lay Worker; 1510 N. Glebe Rd., 

Arlington, VA 22207 

WEST MICHIGAN (10) NC 

Section D, Rows 7-8, Seats 1-5 

Pohl, Keith I. (8); Ed. , Michigan Christian Advocate; 2850 Elmwood, Adrian, MI 

49221 
Crawford, David L. (4); Minister; 3830 Weger PL, Lansing, MI 48910 
Taylor, Latvrence R. (E) (6); Minister; 1622 York Dr. S.E., Grand Rapids, MI 

49506 
Francis, John L. (3); District Superintendent; 334 Watkins Lane, Battle Creek, 

MI 49017 
Matthews, Marjorie S. (10); District Superintendent; 1626 Indian Woods Dr., 

Traverse City, MI 49684 
*Lundquist, C. David (2); Attorney; 2336 Bronson Blvd., Kalamazoo, MI 49008 
Crosby, Wanda R. (E) (1); Homemaker; Howell Point, R.R. 4, Cassopolis, MI 

49031 
Shashaguay, Bernard R. (7); Conf. Treasurer; 2150 Shawnee S.E., Grand Rapids, 

MI 49506 
Strong, Plyna G. (5); Homemaker; 4602 Canterbury, Kalamazoo, MI 49007 
Wilcox, Katherine W. (9); Assoc. Prof., Pastoral Psychology; 927 Ridge Ct., 

Evanston, IL 60602 

Reserves 

Bums, Alden B.; Minister; 1334 Lakeway, Kalamazoo, MI 49001 
Page, Carlos C; Minister; 2511 Riverbend Dr., Benton Harbor, MI 49022 
DesAutels, William W.; Minister; 721 Sligh Blvd., Grand Rapids, MI 49505 
Pohly, Gerald A. (E); District Superintendent; 611 W. May St., Mt. Pleasant, MI 

48858 
Hartmann, George 0.; District Superintendent; 1837 Skyler Dr., Kalamazoo, MI 

49001 
Frevert, Albert W.; District Superintendent; 4528 Manitou Dr., Okemos, MI 

48864 
Page, Mildred D.; Homemaker; 2511 Riverbend Dr., Benton Harbor, MI 49022 
Strong, Donald T.; Business Exec; 4602 Canterbury, Kalamazoo, MI 49007 
Newman, Rosalyn W.; Homemaker; 2518 Outlook, Kalamazoo, MI 49001 
Sheldon, Frank E.; V-Pres. & Sales Mgr., Southon Paper Co.; 216 Barberry, 

Kalamazoo, MI 49001 



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Kennaugh, John H. (E); Executive Secretary; 514 Elmshaven, Lansing, MI 48917 
Leys, James J.; Banker; 4384 Blackfoot Dr., Grandville, MI 49418 



WEST OHIO (36) NC 
Section B, Rows 9-10-11, Seats 1-12 
Colaw, Emerson S. (3); Minister; 1345 Grace Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45208 
Vandegriff, Paul M. (1); Minister; 3613 Monroe St., Toledo, OH 43606 
Byler, Robert A. (4); Minister; 2657 E. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43209 
Flinchbaugh, James E. (E) (4); District Superintendent; 601 W. Riverview Ave., 

Dayton, OH 45406 
Osbom, John F. (E) (2); Dir., Conf. Council on Ministries; 471 E. Broad St., Suite 

1106, Columbus, OH 43215 
Davis, James T. (1); Minister; 3215 Woodbum Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45207 
Stuckey, PaulE. (E) (2); District Superintendent; 1017 Oakdale Dr., Findlay, OH 

45840 
Graham, Joseph R. (E) (5); Minister; 106 Craig Dr., Hamilton, OH 45013 
Ling, Carl C. (3); District Superintendent; 601 W. Riverview Ave., Dayton, OH 

45406 
Patterson, William G. (6); District Superintendent; Rock Knoll W., Rt. 6, 

Lancaster, OH 43130 
Jones, Hughey L. (8); District Superintendent; 2719 Shawnee Rd. , Portsmouth, 

OH 45662 
Delp, W. Owen, Jr. (E) (6); Minister; 913 S. Johnson St., Ada, OH 45810 
Messmer, William K. (E) (7); Adm. Asst. to the Bishop; 471 E. Broad St., Suite 

1106, Columbus, OH 43215 
McCormack, James H. (7); Dir. of Adm. & Fin. Conf. Treas.; 471 E. Broad St., 

Suite 1106, Columbus, OH 43215 
Smith, William E. (8); Minister; 3434 Broadway PI., Columbus, OH 43214 
Biddle, Homer Glenn (E) (5); Dir., Jackson Area Ministries; 333 Pearl St., 

Jackson, OH 45640 
Minus, Paul M. (10); Prof., Methodist Theological School; 272 Ashbourne Rd., 

Columbus, OH 43209 
Searle, John C, Jr. (E) (9); District Superintendent; 1450 Clinton St. S., 

Defiance, OH 43512 
Condrey, Betty S. (3); Conf. Pres. U.M.W.; 6193 Dawes Lane, Cincinnati, OH 

45230 
Meyer, Samuel L. (4); Pres., Ohio Northern Univ.; 115 W. Lima Ave., Ada, OH 

45810 
Henderson, Mattie M. (1); Social Worker; 5214 Ebersole Ave., Cincinnati, OH 

45227 
Slutz, Leonard (5); Lawyer; 900 Tri-State Bldg., Cincinnati, OH 45202 
Jenkins, Daniel C. (9); Judge, Common Pleas Court; 226 S. Main St., New 

Lexington, OH 43764 
Cox, Sara E. (1); Claims Supv.; 1324 Ida Ave., Columbus, OH 43212 
* Weston, Charles H., Jr. (5); Public Administrator; 711 Hayden Park Dr., 

Columbus, OH 43219 
Goodwin, Louise (3); Homemaker; 2320 Shawnee Rd., Lima, OH 45806 
Boda, Harold L. (E) (4); Retired; 3101 Kenmore Ave., Dayton, OH 45420 
DeLong, Dale F. (E) (7); Insurance Agent; 590 Ridgewood Dr., Circleville, OH 

43113 
Baker, Jane C. (2); Activities Dir. U.M. Children's Home; Box 68, Worthington, 

OH 43085 
Hottle, Darrell R.; Common Pleas Judge; 335 W. Walnut, Hillsboro, OH 45133 
Dilgard, Charles K. (E) (7); Adm., Otterbein Home; Lebanon, OH 45036 



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Redmond, Charles D. (E) (10); Attorney; 2857 Charing Rd., Columbus, OH 43221 
McVey, Charles B. (E) (6); Teacher; 62 Franklin, Athens, OH 45701 
Bell, Michael D. (E); Student; R. R. 5, Sidney, OH 45365 
Heisel, Eldred B. (E) (2); Physician; 5595 Roberts Rd., Hilliard, OH 43026 
Miller, Harriet L. (E) (9); Prof, of Christian Ed., United Theol. Seminary; 1810 
Harvard Blvd., Dayton, OH 45406 

Reserves 

Whitmore, Austin R.; District Superintendent; 205 Masonic Bldg., Lima, OH 

45801 
Dixon, William Edge; Minister; 600 High St., P.O. Box 307, Worthington, OH 

43085 
Kimes, R. RobeH; Minister; 1581 Cambridge Blvd., Columbus, OH 43212 
Spitnale, Howard P.; District Superintendent; 382 North South St., P.O. Box 

310, Wilmington, OH 45177 
Armentrout, John W.; Minister; 680 W. Sharon Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45240 
EmmeH, Herman A. (E); Minister; 2833 Valleyview Dr., Columbus, OH 43204 
Foster, James B.; Minister; 120 W. Sandusky St., Findlay, OH 45840 
Clarke, Wesley; District Superintendent; 47 Johnson Rd., The Plains, OH 45780 
Bergland, John K. (E); Prof., Duke Divinity School; Duke Station, Durham, NC 

27706 
Wert, Newell J. (E); Dean, United Theological Seminary; 1810 Harvard Blvd., 

Dayton, OH 45406 
Massey, Herbert E.; Minister; 215 W. Harding Rd., Springfield, OH 45504 
Wiley, Carl L. (E); Minister; 600 Columbus St., Grove City, OH 43123 
Yocom, Donald R.; Minister; 524 S. Collins Ave., Lima, OH 45804 
Frazer, E. Eugene; District Superintendent; 632 Vine St., Cincinnati, OH 45202 
Gribler, Maurice D. (E); (deceased) 
Wagner, John C; Dean & Prof., United Theological Seminary; 385 Blairwood 

Dr., Trotwood, OH 45426 
Crabtree, H. Glenn (E); Minister; 1480 Zettler Rd., Columbus, OH 43227 
Chcm, W. Jing; Minister; 33 E. Lincoln St., Westerville, OH 43081 
Reed, Albert L.; Minister; 2013 Lawrence Av«., Toledo, OH 43606 
Sageser, David B.; Minister; 2701 Zollinger Rd., Columbus, OH 43221 
Kaatz, Mr. Torrey A. (E) (8); Retired; 2144 Melwood Ct., Toledo, OH 43613 
Shields, Joseph W. (10); Funeral Director; 301 S. Patterson St., Forest, OH 45843 
Richer, Benjamin (E); Electrical Engineer; 3142 Huron PL, Lima, OH 45806 
Momberg, Paul B.; Retired Banker; 148 Wrenwood Lane, Terrace Park, OH 

45174 
Gilts, George E. (E); Retired Accountant; 641 Second St., Findlay, OH 45840 
Bolander, Robert C; Student; 5947 Famey Ave., Sciotoville, OH 45662 
Dunn, Irene R.; Homemaker; 2713 Alms PI., Cincinnati, OH 45206 
Ballard, Beulah W.; Housewife; 2151 W. Fair Ave., Lancaster, OH 43130 
Ware, Margaret; Housewife; 7836 Perry St., Cincinnati, OH 45231 
Cochran, Harold T. (E); Self- Employed; 1625 Slater St., Toledo, OH 43612 
Hawkins, Donald M.; Lawyer; 2227 Innisbrook Rd., Toledo, OH 43606 
Hunt, Kenneth W.; Service Technician; 8 Main St., P.O. Box 73, Casstown, OH 

45312 
Sadler, Edna J.; V-Pres., U.M.W.; 527 Lima Ave., Delphos, OH 45833 
Ross, Betty J. (E); Office Worker; 1070 Griffiths Dr., Zanesville, OH 43701 
Davis, Jacob; Ret. Pres. & Chm. of Board, Kroger Co.; 2002 Dubois Tower, 

Cincinnati, OH 45202 
Baker, E. Dorothy M.; Housewife; 2410 Glenwood Ave., Toledo, OH 43620 
Tompkins, Ruth; Dist. Program Asst.; 717y2 Fourth St., Portsmouth, OH 45662 
Gebhart, Judith G. (E); Homemaker; 3991 Largo Lane, Dayton, OH 45430 



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McGee, Robert L.; Reg. Consultant, Ohio Univ.; P.O. Box 147, Jacksonville, OH 

45740 
Weaver, Mary M.; Lay Worker; 1516 Salem Ave., Dayton, OH 45406 



WEST VIRGINIA (16) NE 

Section D, Rows 13-14, Seats 1-8 

Bridges, Ramsey M. (4); District Superintendent; 938 Pine Hill Dr. , Fairmont, 

WV 26554 
Collins, Claude R. (5); Minister; 907 Glendale Ave., South Charleston, WV 25303 
Dille, RobeH E. (E) (6); Minister; 118 McGovran Rd., Charleston, WV 25314 
Waters, Dale C. (E) (3); District Superintendent; Box 764, Lewisburg, WV 24901 
Smith, F. Rossing (1); District Superintendent; 1716 Market St., Parkersburg, 

WV 26101 
Backus, Arthur G. (10); District Superintendent; 605 Northwestern Ave., 

Beckley, WV 25801 
Risinger, Melvin S. (2); Minister; 815 Kanawha Ter., St. Albans, WV 25177 
Loyd, Martha E. (9); Minister; Rt. 3, Box 375, Morgantown, WV 26505 
♦Blessing, Roy E. (E) (4); Insurance Agent; 2125 Lincoln Ave., Pt. Pleasant, WV 

25550 
Beard, Jean J. (5); Housewife; Rt. 1, Box 344, Westemport, MD 21562 
Henderson, Herb H. (8); Trial Lawyer; 440 12th Ave., Huntington, WV 25701 
Phipps, James E. (3); Orthodontist; 916 1st Huntington N. Bnk., Huntington, 

WV 25701 
Ryan, Mary E. (E) (2); Housewife; 307 Locust St., Mannington, WV 26582 
Roberts, Roger G. (7); Benefit Plan. Consultant; 1140 Chapline St., WheeUng, 

WV 26003 
MiUer, Harry L. (E) (6); Insurance Agent; P.O. Box 335, New Haven, WV 25265 
Froe, D. W. (10); Exec. Dir., Anti-Poverty Prog.; 314 Belcher St., Bluefield, WV 

24701 

Reserves 

Hinzman, Parker L. (E); Asst. Dir., Council on Ministries; P.O. Box 2313, 

Charleston, WV 25328 
Ware, Virgil H.; Asst. Dir., Council on Ministries; P.O. Box 2313, Charleston, 

WV 25328 
Miles, Denver L. (E); District Superintendent; Drawer W, Romney, WV 26757 
Wood, F. Emerson; District Superintendent; 5266 Rt. 60 E., Huntington, WV 

25705 
Berisford, Martin A., Jr. (E); Minister; P.O. Box 485, Sutton, WV 26601 
Carr, Marvin H., Ill; Prof.-Dir., Parish Ministry; West Virginia Wesleyan 

College, Buckhannon, WV 26201 
Tucker, A. AHhur (E); Minister; 4001 Grand Central Ave., Vienna, WV 26105 
Hensley, Basil A.; District Superintendent; 318 E. 7th St., Weston, WV 26452 
Shaffer, Frank L., Jr.; District Superintendent; 2192 National Rd., Wheeling, 

WV 26003 
Sink, Sam B.; District Superintendent; Box 866, Charleston, WV 25323 
Rogers, June L. (E); Housewife; 1706 23rd St., Parkersburg, WV 26101 
Bennett, Vernon E. (E); Buckhannon Housing Auth.; 21 Central Ave., Buckhan- 
non, WV 26201 
Everhart, Lucille D.; Housewife; 107 N. Price St., Kingswood, WV 26537 
Marks, Robert (E); Supervisor, Gas Ind.; 605 King St., Clarksburg. WV 26301 
Bowyer, Bonnie (E); Church Secretary; 2008 7th Ave., Parkersburg, WV 26101 
Peck, David W.; Research Chemist; 5277 Walnut Valley Dr., Charleston, WV 

25312 



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Burke, Harold G.; Forest Ind. Exec; 105 KnoUwood Dr., Nitro, WV 25143 
Everhart, Frank B.; Lawyer; 107 N. Price St., Kingswood, WV 26537 
Gordon, Betty S.; Housewife; 643 Rockbridge St., Bluefield, WV 24701 
Bickerton, James R.; Mold Maker, Glass Ind.; 112 Poplar Ave., Moundsville, WV 
26041 

WESTERN NEW YORK (8) NE 

Section B, Rows 1-2, Seats 9-12 

*Eckel, Sherman B. (E) (10); District Superintendent; 206 N. Fourth St., Olean, 

NY 14760 
Harrington, Richard W. (4); District Superintendent; 121 Driving Park Ave., 

Rochester, NY 14613 
French, Vernon C. (6); District Superintendent; 15 Morris Lane, Jamestown, NY 

14701 
Bigler, Vernon (5); Minister; 32 Landers Rd., Kenmore, NY 14217 
Kite, Joseph H., Jr. (3); Professor; 108 Chasewood Lane, East Amherst, NY 

14051 
Barger, Mrs. Jeanne D. (1); Teacher; 208 N. Long St., Williamsville, NY 14221 
Crosby, Mrs. Lorena L (E) (9); Asst. Dairy Eqpt. Dealer; Box 175, Panama, NY 

14767 
Minsker, John H. (8); Retired Bethlehem Steel; 104 Maple Rd. E., Aurora, NY 

14052 

Reserves 

Modisher, Donald E.; Conf. Executive; 8499 Main St., Buffalo, NY 14221 
Williams, Willard A.; District Superintendent; 2 Brantwood Rd., Buffalo, NY 

14226 
Leach, Robert B. (E); Minister; 45 Deb-ay Ave., West Seneca, NY 14224 
Grossman, William B., Jr.; Minister; 663 Lakeview Ave., Jamestown, NY 14701 
Aldrich, Charles S.; District Superintendent; Box 705, Batavia, NY 14020 
Cooke, Gteorge W.; Lawyer; 77 Windemere Rd., Rochester, NY 14610 
Gundlach, Mrs. Betty B.; Law School Grad. & Retired Judge; 326 E. Main St., 

SpringviUe, NY 14141 
Bliven, Owen; Teacher; 58 Greenleaf, Tonawanda, NY 14150 
Vineyard, Mrs. Joanne W.; Homemaker; 43 Willets Ave., Belmont, NY 14813 
Lemke, Richard A. (E); Carpenter; 6523 Broadway, Town Line, NY 14165 



WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA (26) SE 

Section B, Rows 17-18, Seats 1-12 

Section C, Rows 17-18, Seat 1 

White, Charles D. (2); Adm. Asst. to the Bishop; P.O. Box 12005, Charlotte, NC 

28205 
Murray, Jerry D. (5); Minister; 217 S. Church St., Salisbury, NC 28144 
Langford, Thomas A. (4); Dean, Duke Divinity School; P.O. Box 4735, Duke 

Station, Durham, NC 27706 
Yming, H. Claude, Jr., (5); Minister; P.O. Box 426, ThomasviUe, NC 27306 
Nicholson, R. Herman (10); District Superintendent; 36 Elk Mtn. Scenic Hwy., 

Asheville, NC 28804 
Peters, James C. (3); Assoc. Dir., Conf. Council on Ministries; P.O. Box 12005, 

Charlotte, NC 28205 
Christy, JohnH., Jr., (9); Minister; P.O. Box 1145, North WUkesboro, NC 28659 
Hutchinson, Orion N., Jr., (1); Minister; 27 Church St., Asheville, NC 28801 
Madison, J. Clay (7); Exec. Dir., Pensions Prog.; P.O. Box 55, Lake Junaluska, 

NC 28745 



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Shore, Philip L., Jr., (4); District Superintendent; 1540 Westbrook Circle, 

Gastonia, NC 28052 
McWhorter, John L. (6); Minister; 1200 South St., Gastonia, NC 28052 
Peacock, H. Eugene (8); District Superintendent; 1409 Lyndhurst Dr., High 

Point, NC 27260 
Waugh, R. Paschal (2); Minister; P.O. Box 47, Kings Mountain, NC 28086 
*Bailey, Wesley (3); Attorney; 707 Ransom Rd., Winston-Salem, NC 27106 
Gist, Lucy (5); Deaconess; 2705 Baltimore Ave., Charlotte, NC 28203 
Boyd, William T. (3); Realtor; 633 Allred St., Asheboro, NC 27203 
Stedman, W. David (4); Textile Exec; Stedman Mfg. Co., Asheboro, NC 27203 
Bamhardt, Mrs. Lurleen G. (1); Homemaker; 5830 Creola Rd., Charlotte, NC 

28211 
Winchester, Clarence M. (8); Realtor; P.O. Box 20108, Greensboro, NC 27402 
Dillon, 0. E. (6); Realtor; P.O. Box 444, Kemersville, NC 27282 
Majors, R. Powell (7); Retired; 2749 Picardy PL, Charlotte, NC 28209 
Nelson, Mrs. Murphy (10); Homemaker; P.O. Box 1075, Morganton, NC 28655 
Redding, Mrs. Viola (7); Homemaker; P.O. Box 458, Asheboro, NC 27203 
Summers, James A. (1); Hosiery Exec; P.O. Box 1353, Salisbury, NC 28144 
Totherow, Joe C. (2); Manufacturer's Rep.; 410 Archer Rd., Winston-Salem, NC 

27106 
Wolfe, Jeremiah (9); Job Corps Instructor; P.O. Box 216, Cherokee, NC 28719 

Reserves 

Marcellus, Cecil H., Jr.; District Superintendent; P.O. Box 5197, Ardmore 

Station, Winston-Salem, NC 27103 
Stockton, Thomas B.; Minister; P.O. Box 6094, Chariotte, NC 28207 
Young, RobeH T.; Minister to Duke Univ.; P.O. Box 4752, Duke Station, 

Durham, NC 27706 
Fitzgerald, Ernest A.; Minister; P.O. Box 608, Winston-Salem, NC 27102 
Haynes, Donald W.; Minister; 512 Cliff Rd., Asheboro, NC 27203 
Montfort, Russell T.; Minister; 605 East Blvd., Charlotte, NC 28203 
Nesbitt, M. Wilson, Jr.; Dir., Duke Endowment; P.O. Box 8816, Duke Station, 

Durham, NC 27707 
Shannon, Charles E.; Minister; P.O. Box 870, Greensboro, NC 27402 
Nease, Edgar H., Jr.; Exec. Dir., Lake Junaluska Assembly; P.O. Box 67, Lake 

Junaluska, NC 28745 
Lindsey, Julian A.; Dir., Conf. Council on Ministries; P.O. Box 12005, Charlotte, 

NC 28205 
Williams, Harley M.; District Superintendent; 1130 Westridge Rd., Greensboro, 

NC 27410 
Sills, John R.; Conf. Treas. & Bus. Mgr.; P.O. Box 12005, Charlotte, NC 28205 
Lowder, John A.; Minister; 312 N. Muir's Chapel Rd., Greensboro, NC 27410 
Ellis, L. Donald; Minister; 5250 Silas Creek Pky., Winston-Salem, NC 27106 
BuHon, John M.; Minister; Rt. 6, Box 469-C, Greensboro, NC 27405 
Bethea, Mary E.; Deaconess; 29 Spears Ave., Asheville, NC 28801 
Price, James S., Jr.; Optometrist; 3933 Silverbell Dr., Charlotte, NC 28211 
Smith, Mrs. James E.; Retired; 1809 Belcrest Dr., Greensboro, NC 27406 
Rinehardt, Mrs. Joetta D.; Corporate Secretary; 1817 Third St., Apt. 2, 

Salisbury, NC 28144 
Erwin, Richard C; Attorney; 628 W. 24^ St., Winston-Salem, NC 27105 
Caffrey, William D.; Attorney; 2902 Round Hill Rd., Greensboro, NC 27408 
Massie, W. Hugh; Retail Clothier; P.O. Box 1079, Waynesville, NC 28786 
Cornelius, Mrs. Doris; Consecrated Lay Worker; 801 S. Hayne St., Monroe, NC 

28110 
Sales, Phillip N.; Chemical Engineer; 90 School Rd., Asheville, NC 28806 



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Stamey, Mrs. Robert H.; Wife of Dist. Supt.; 101 Pilson St., North Wilkesboro, 

NC 28659 
Miller, Isaac; College Pres.; Bennett College, Greensboro, NC 27420 
Doyle, Mrs. Louise; Eligibility Spec, Social Services; 802 Woodland Rd., 

StatesviUe, NC 28677 
Smith, Robert M.; Businessman; P.O. Box 792, Mt. Airy, NC 27030 
Hobson, Fred C; Retired Public School Adm.; Route 4, Box 55, Yadkinville, NC 

27055 
Reavis, Dean; Student; Yadkinville, NC 27055 



WESTERN PENNSYLVANIA (24) NE 
Section B, Rows 13-14, Seats 1-12 
Rutter, Kenneth P. (4); Minister; 12 Northmont St., Greensburg, PA 15601 
Woomer, James A. (E) (3); Minister; 196 Jefferson St., Brookville, PA 15825 
Crocker, Hitgh D. (5); District Superintendent; 200 Bloomfield Ave., Johnstown, 

PA 15904 
Lash, H. Donald (E) (6); Minister; 46 E. High St., Union City, PA 16438 
Slants, Nelson E. (E) (8); District Superintendent; 15 Munce Ridge Rd., 

Washington, PA 15301 
Grove, William B. (1); Minister; Centre & Aiken Aves., Pittsburgh, PA 15232 
Carraway, James L. (7); District Superintendent; 65 Shady Dr., Indiana, PA 

15701 
McCormick, Gerald A. (E) (2); Minister; 700 Greenleaf Dr., Monroeville, PA 

15146 
Jolley, DelbeH E. (9); Minister; Box 6, Indiana, PA 15701 
Easter, Paul M. (10); District Superintendent; 309 Dragon Rouge Dr., 

Greensburg, PA 15601 
Emerick, Jack F. (E) (3); Prog. Counsellor; 214 Dombey Dr., Pittsburgh, PA 

15237 
Siess, Robert C. (8); Conf. Council Dir.; 312 Nichols Rd., Pittsburgh, PA 15237 
*Sloan, LiUian A. (5); 205 Shackleford Dr., Monroeville, PA 15146 
Bittner, Dwight M. (E) (7); Conf. Treasurer; 650 Smithfield St., Pittsburgh, PA 

15222 
DeVaux, Mary Lou (E); 331 N. Maple Ave., Greensburg, PA 15601 
Hershberger, George (E) (8); Star Route, Scottdale, PA 15683 
McCormick, Paul R. (E); Prof., Univ. of Pittsburgh; 510 Horizen View Dr., 

Pittsburgh, PA 15235 
Johnson, John G. (3); Commissioner, Mercer County; 314 E. Butler St., Mercer, 

PA 16137 
Beatty, William M. (10); Exec. Dir., Jumonville U.M. Center; RD 1, Box 734, 

Hopwood, PA 15445 
Gwyer, Herbert L. (6); 435 Dickson Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15202 
Blackstone, Franklin, Jr. (1); Attorney; R.D. 1, Zelienople, PA 16063 
Horton, Howard J. (9); 5060 Doyle Rd., Pittsburgh, PA 15227 
Blackstone, Barbara (3); Housewife; R.D. 1, Zelienople, PA 16063 
Handy, Doris M. (9); 3350 McNeil PL, Pittsburgh, PA 15219 

Reserves 

Russell, John W. (E); District Superintendent; 117 Davis St., Connellsville, PA 

15425 
Bishop, Bruce H. (E); Minister; 899 Fairman Ave., Indiana, PA 15701 
Rhodes, Arnold A. (E); Minister; 1720 Fern Ave., Windber, PA 15963 
Sease, Gene E. (E); Pres., Indiana Central Univ.; 1400 E. Hanna Ave., 

Indianapolis, IN 46227 



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Howe, Robert C; Minister; 1074 Old Gate Rd., Pittsburgh, PA 15235 

Joiner, Donald J. (E); Minister; 4000 Impala Dr., Pittsburgh, PA 15239 

Lindquist, Harold V. (E); Minister; 2925 Myrtle St., Erie, PA 16508 

Meuschke, Paul J.; Minister; 4887 Doverdell Dr., Pittsburgh, PA 15236 

Kelly, Harold R.; District Superintendent; 101 Beech Dr., Franklin, PA 16323 

Blaha, Wesley E.; Minister; 1221 Northwestern Dr., Monroeville, PA 15146 

Wright, J. Howard; Minister; 520 Cypress Ave. , Johnstown, PA 15902 

Schrading, Paul E.; Minister; 1164 Murray Hill Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15217 

Floyd, Madge B.; Minister; 961 Castle Shannon Blvd., Pittsburgh, PA 15234 

Bishop, Bemice (E) (2); R.D. 3, Box 363, Johnstown, PA 15904 

Blansett, Harry B. (E); Accountant; 1801 Grave Ave., Johnstown, PA 15902 

Anderegg, Joyce (E) (4); 101 Lansing St., N. Warren, PA 16365 

Rote, G. Eugene (E); Box 316, Duke Center, PA 16729 

Donner, James; 1510 Fairfax Ave., Erie, PA 16505 

HuU, Evelyn B. (E); Box 158, Seward, PA 15954 

Boyd, Dawn; Dir., of Christian Education; 1102 Liberty St., Franklin, PA 16323 

Anderson, Gilbert A.; 3610 Mt. Hickory Blvd., Sharpsville, PA 16150 

Reynolds, Paul C; 705 Beechwood Blvd., EUwood City, PA 16117 

Johnson, Rhonda; 208 Dunbar Dr., Pittsburgh, PA 15235 

Orr, Helen; P.O. Box 107, Girard, PA 16417 

Treece, LiUian (E); 414 Winebiddle St., Pittsburgh, PA 15224 

Teckmeyer, Charles; 5540 Fifth Ave., Apt. 15, Pittsburgh, PA 15232 



WISCONSIN (14) NC 
Section D, Rows 9-10, Seats 1-7 
*Bender, Gordon R. (E) (4); Minister; 341 Wilson Ave., Green Bay, WI 54303 
Truitt, Richard 0. (1); Minister; 5555 W. Capitol Dr., Milwaukee, WI 53216 
Fenner, Donald D. (E) (3); District Superintendent; 3401 S. Clay St., Green Bay, 

WI 54301 
Christopher, Sharon B. (5); Minister; 4903 N. 126th St., Butler, WI 53007 
Strosahl, Stanford (8); Program Director; 325 Emerald Ter., Sun Prairie, WI 

53590 
Saito, Perry H. (9); Minister; 1529 Wauwatosa Ave., Wauwatosa, WI 53213 
Carey, Abraham (7); Minister; 3438 N. 24th St., Milwaukee, WI 53206 
Roberts, Leigh (8); Professor; 4921 Fond du Lac Trail, Madison, WI 53705 
Tubbs, Ruth (Mrs. Vernon) (2); Housewife; Rt. 2, Box 234, Seymour, WI 54165 
Soderholm, Patricia (Mrs. Robert) (5); Housewife; 2035 26th St., Monroe, WI 

53566 
Olson, Lois (E) (1); Nurse; 2321 N. 40th St., Milwaukee, WI 53208 
Gray, Michael (3); Student; 970 St. James St., Platteville, WI 53818 
Cramer, Irene (Mrs. Solomon) (E) (6); Housewife; 120 Sheboygan Ave., Fond du 

Lac, WI 54935 
Mevis, Joyce (Mrs. Lawrence) (10); Newscaster; 215 Ravine St., Darlington, WI 

53530 

Reserves 

Krause, Gerald A.; Minister; 511 Public Ave., Beloit, WI 53511 
Schilling, Marvin A.; Program Staff; 325 Emerald Ter., Sun Prairie, WI 53590 
Moorehead, Lee C; Minister; 501 Howe St., Green Bay, WI 54301 
Corhin, J. Wesley (E); Minister; 3450 S. 52nd St., Milwaukee, WI 53219 
Ott, Donald A.; Program Staff; 325 Emerald Ter., Sun Prairie, WI 53590 
Rushton, Marilynn M.; Minister; 100 W. Prospect St., Durand, WI 54736 
Lindgren, AlvinJ.; Seminary Professor; 2121 Sheridan Rd., Evanston, IL 60201 
Deming, J. Roy; District Superintendent; 514 E. Tyler St., Eau Claire, WI 54701 



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Dauner, Frank A. (E); Minister; 2677 N. 40th St., Milwaukee, WI 53210 
Foote, Doris (Mrs. Harold); Housewife; 1320 Fish Hatchery Rd., Madison, WI 

53715 
Chamberlain, Betty (Mrs. Robert) (E); Piano Teacher; 407 N. 22nd St., 

LaCrosse, WI 54601 
Rinehart, Halsey (E); Farmer, Ins. Agent; Rt. 3, Richland Center, WI 53581 
ChurchhiU, KeUy; Retired Mechanic; 1460 Ninth St., Green Bay, WI 54304 
Hundley, Fran; Homemaker; 8409 W. Hillview Dr., Mequon, WI 53092 
Amico, Eleanor (Mrs. Joseph); Housewife; P.O. Box 48, Edgerton, WI 53534 
Walters, Scott; Student; 1811 Lincoln St., Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54494 
Vieth, Howard (E); Asst. Principal; 1112 Harry Ct., Sheboygan, WI 53081 
Kahl, Norman; Retired Teacher; P.O. Box 182, Ladysmith, WI 54848 



WYOMING (8) NE 
Section D, Rows 13-14, Seats 9-12 
Wert, James A. (6); Minister; 53 McKinley Ave., Endicott, NY 13760 
Singer, Edgar F. (9); District Superintendent; 556 Charles St., Kingston, PA 

18704 
Germond, Robert E. (4); Minister; 64 Chestnut St., Oneonta, NY 13820 
Reid, William W., Jr. (7); Minister; 73 W. Ross St., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702 
*Woodfield, Harry C. (3); Park Superintendent; R.D. 2, Box 593, Chenango 

Forks, NY 13746 
Lashford, Mrs. Cathy (5); Housewife; R.D. 5, Shavertown, PA 18708 
TerwiUiger, Mrs. Grace (1); Housewife; Box 173, Sidney, NY 13838 
Vosburg, Duane (8); I.B.M. Corp.; R.D. 2, Box 256, Binghamton, NY 13909 

Reserves 

Seeley, Willmr S. (E); Minister; 91 Park St., Binghamton, NY 13905 

Pitcher, Philip N.; District Superintendent; 7 Beethoven St., Binghamton, NY 

13905 
Clemaw, Thomas A., II; Minister; 11 Chapel St., Sherburne, NY 13460 
Eaton, Al; I.B.M. Corp.; 578 Brooks Rd., Castle Creek, NY 13744 
Gordon, Harry M.; Real Estate; 300 Gordon Dr., Clarks Green, PA 18411 
Glazier, Lois B.; Schoolteacher (R); Box 342, Chenango Bridge, NY 13745 



YELLOWSTONE (2) W 

Section A, Row 1, Seats 11-12 
*Cies, Herbert A. (5); District Superintendent; 2016 Gorham Park Dr., Billings, 

MT 59102 
Nightingale, C. B. (Chappy) (3); Insurance Agent; UN. Custer, Miles City, MT 

59301 

Reserves 

Herbert, Hugh S.; District Superintendent; 411 Evans, Missoula, MT 59801 
Adams, Allen J.; Minister; Box 598, Choteau, MT 59422 
Mills, Ardilla (E); Housewife; 620 Terry Ave., Billings, MT 59102 
McFarlane, Robert; Institutional Rep.; 2721 Downer, Billings, MT 59102 



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NON-VOTING DELEGATES AND RESERVES 

MISSIONARY CONFERENCES 

ALASKA MISSIONARY (2) W 

Section A, Row 1, Seats 3-4 
*Bowers, Robert D. (2); Minister; 2300 Oak Dr., Anchorage, AK 99504 
Trudeau, Mrs. Danita (5); Housewife; 3212 W. 29th Ave., Anchorage, AK 99503 

Reserves 

Aamodt, Augie; Minister, Box 203, Soldotna, AK 99669 

Townshend, Jack; Seismologist; Yukon Dr. at West Ridge, College, AK 99701 



OKLAHOMA INDIAN MISSIONARY (2) SC 

Section A, Row 1, Seats 5-6 
*Roughfcu;e, Thomas, Sr. (2); Minister; P.O. Box 2375, Ponca City, OK 74601 
Deere, Mrs. Joann (2); 1011 S. Utah, Muskogee, OK 74401 

Reserves 

Long, Noah; Minister; P.O. Box 60427, Oklahoma City, OK 73106 

Lowe, Mrs. Wanda J.; Secretary; 1721 S.W. 18th, Oklahoma City, OK 73108 



RED BIRD MISSIONARY (2) SE 

Section A, Row 1, Seats 1-2 
Bischoff, John W. (E) (2); Minister; Queendale Center, Beverly, KY 40913 
*Lambdin, Mrs. Ruby (E) (5); High School Teacher; Frakes, KY 40940 

Reserves 

Penner, Merritt D., Jr. (E); Missionary Pastor; Rt. 5, Manchester, KY 40962 
Lawson, Sam (E); Interior Decorator; Beverly, KY 40913 



AFFILIATED AUTONOMOUS 
AND AFFILIATED UNITED CHURCHES 

ARGENTINA (2) 

Section A, Row 21, Seats 1-2 
Gattinoni, Bishop Carlos T. ; Iglesia Evangelica Metodista Argentina, Rivadavia 

4044, Buenos Aires 1205, Argentina 
de Jacob, Mrs. Odile; 367 Belgrano St., Behia Blanca (B.A.), Argentina 

BELGIUM 
(Protestant Church) (2) 

Section A, Row 21, Seats 3-4 
Pieters, Andre J.; Eglise Protestant de Belgique, Rue du Champ de Mars, 5, 

B-1050 Brussels, Belgium 
Fraisse-Lheureux, Mrs. Ruth; Eglise Protestant de Belgique, Rue du Champ de 

Mars, 5, B-1050 Brussels, Belgium 

BOLIVIA (2) 

Section A, Row 21, Seats 5-6 



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BRAZIL (2) 

Section A, Row 21, Seats 7-8 



BURMA (2) 

Section A, Row 21, Seats 9-10 



CHILE (2) 

Section A, Row 22, Seats 1-2 
Vazquez, Juan; Minister; Casilla 67, Santiago, Chile 
Astorga, Marie; Helsinki 5803, LaReinz, Santiago, Chile 



CHINA 
(Church of Christ) (2) 

Section A, Row 21, Seats 11-12 



COSTA RICA (2) 

Section A, Row 22, Seats 3-4 
Calvo, Samuel F. (10); Minister; Apartado 858, San Jose, Costa Rica C.A. 
Soto, Ramiro C. (7); Exec. Administrator; P.O. Box #78, Alajuela, Costa Rica 
C.A. 

Reserves 

Calvo, Samuel; District Superintendent; P.O. Box 858, San Jose, Costa Rica 

C.A. 
Herrera, Carlos; Exec. Administrators; P.O. Box 199, Alajuela, Costa Rica C.A. 



CUBA (2) 

Section A, Row 22, Seats 5-6 



DOMINICAN REPUBLIC (2) 
(Evangelical Church) 

Section A, Row 22, Seats 7-8 
Roman, Noe Feliz 



ECUADOR (2) 

Section A, Row 22, Seats 9-10 



HONG KONG (2) 

Section A, Row 22, Seats 11-12 
Leung, Lincoln; President, The Methodist Church, Hong Kong; Metropole Bldg. 

7th Fl., 57 Peking Rd., Kowloon, Hong Kong 
Yue, John; 44 Kimberley Rd., Kowloon, Hong Kong 



INDONESIA (2) 

Section B, Row 22, Seats 1-2 



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JAPAN (4) 
(United Church of Christ) 

Section B, Row 22, Seats 3-6 
Kashiwai, Hajime; Exec. Secy., Comm. on Mission, U.C.C.J.; Tokyo, Japan 
Morisawa, Kazuyoshi; Minister; San Francisco, CA 
Fukaya, Matsuo; Professor of Law; Kanazawa, Japan 
Harada, Masae; Housewife; Exec. Coram., Kyodan Women's Federation 

Reserve 

Brownlee, R. W.; Exec. Secy., Comm. for Ecum. Min., U.C.C.J.; Tokyo, Japan 

KOREA (4) 

Section B, Row 22, Seats 7-10 
Bishop Kim, Chang Hee (5); Minister; Korean Methodist Church, K.P.O. Box 

285, Seoul, Korea 
Nam, Dr. Ki Chul (4); Minister; Dean, The Mok Won College, Mok Dong 24, 

Taejon, Korea 
Crane, Miss Kathleen (4); Professor; Ewha University, I. P.O. Box 1182, Seoul, 

Korea 
Kim, Mr. Kyu Whan (5); Businessman; K.P.O. Box 285, Seoul, Korea 

Reserves 

Son, Dr. Myong Gul; Minister; Board of Global Ministries, 1925 Ross Ave., 

Dallas, TX 75201 
Judy, Dr. Carl; Missionary; I. P.O. Box 1182, Seoul, Korea 
Suh, Mr. Bong Chan; Faculty; K.P.P. Box 285, Seoul, Korea 
Park, Dr. Chang Hyuk; Medical Doctor; K.P.O. Box 285, Seoul, Korea 



MALAYSIA-SINGAPORE (2) 

Section B, Row 22, Seats 11-12 
Dutton, Denis C. ( ); Minister; 2 Jalan Wesley, Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, 

Malaysia 
Hua, Yao Ping ( ); c/o Resident's Office, Sibu, Sarawak, East Malaysia 

Reserves 

Lim, Jacob S. H.; Minister; 60 Jalan Yang Kalsom, Ipoh. Perak, Malaysia 

Ming, Teng Ping; 90 Mount Rosie, Singapore II 

Teng, Eugene; Minister; 33 Hin Yu Park, Sibu, Sarawak, East Malaysia 



MEXICO (2) 

Section A, Row 23, Seats 1-2 
Ruiz, Alejandro M.; Minister; Miravalle 209, Mexico 13, D.F. 
Rios, Robert; Monterey, Mexico 



NIGERIA (2) 
(Sudan United Mission) 

Section A, Row 23, Seats 3-4 



PAKISTAN (2) 
(Church of Pakistan) 

Section A, Row 23, Seats 5-6 



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PANAMA (2) 

Section A, Row 23, Seats 7-8 



PERU (2) 

Section A, Row 23, Seats 9-10 



PHILIPPINES (4) 
(United Church of Christ) 

Section B, Row 23, Seats 1-4 



SIERRA LEONE (2) 

Section A, Row 23, Seats 11-12 
Carew, Benjamin A. (3); Bishop; 146, Circular Rd., Box 523, Freetown, Sierra 

Leone 
Turner, Kumba T. (4); Headmaster; Box 88, Koidu Town, Kono, Sierra Leone 

Reserves 

Rogers, Joseph V.; Superintendent; Box 121, BO, Sierra Leone 
Kallon, Patrick A.; Headmaster; Box 195, Kenema, Sierra Leone 



TAIWAN (2) 

Section B, Row 23, Seats 5-6 
Liu, Daniel T.C. (1); Pres. of Taiwan Methodist Church; 20, Lane 143, Hsin 
Sheng Rd., South Section 1, Taipei 106, Taiwan, Rep. of China 



URUGUAY (2) 

Section B, Row 23, Seats 7-8 
Bolioli, Oscar L.; Minister; 1457 San Jose, Montevideo, Uruguay 



BOARD AND AGENCY GENERAL SECRETARIES 

GENERAL SECRETARY Sec. Row Seats 

R. Bryan Brawner C 22 1 

General Council on Finance and Administration 
Curtis A. Chambers C 22 2 

Joint Committee on Communications 
Norman E. DeWire C 22 3 

General Council on Ministries 
Tracey K. Jones, Jr C 22 4 

Board of Global Ministries 
Stanley D. Morrow C 22 5 

General Board of Pensions 
John E. Procter C 22 6 

The United Methodist Publishing House 
Melvin G. Talbert C 22 7 

Board of Discipleship 



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GENERAL SECRETARY Sec. Row Seats 

F. Thomas Trotter C 22 8 

Board of Higher Education and Ministry 
A. Dudley Ward C 22 9 

Board of Church and Society 

COMMISSION EXECUTIVE SECRETARIES 

EXECUTIVE SECRETARY Sec. Row Seats 

Judith Learning Elmer/ 

Nancy Grissom Self C 22 10 

Commission on the Status and Role of Women 
John H. Ness, Jr C 22 11 

Commission on Archives and History 
Woodie W. White C 22 12 

Commission on Religion and Race 

MISCELLANEOUS 

Sec. Row Seats 

Commission on the General Conference D 21 5-12 

Jurisdictional Conference Secretaries D 22 1-7 

Secretaries: 
Lawrence E. Guderian (Western) 
R. Andrew Lady (Northeastern) 
Gilbert A. Weisshaar (North Central) 
Charles D. White (Southeastern) 
T. Poe Williams (South Central) 
Executive Secretaries: 
S. Dvxine Bruce (South Central) 
Robert F. LMndy (Southeastern) 



ALPHABETICAL LIST OF 
DELEGATES 



Abbott, Inger (4) Maine 

Abbott, WiUiam H. (6) Alabama- West Florida 

Abel, Paul F. (3) New York 

Ade, C. H. (E) (10) North Indiana 

Agbisit, Andrea A. (2) Mindanao 

Agnew, Theodore L. (10) Oklahoma 

Aguilar, Clifford B. (7) Southern California- Arizona 

Albrecht, Robert (E) (10) Northern Illinois 

Albright, Mark (E) (1) Eastern Pennsylvania 

Alguire, Frances (5) Northern IlHnois 

Allen, Charles L. (7) Texas 

Allen, Joe B. (3) Texas 

Ambler, Elizabeth (9) Southern New England 

Amnions, Edsel A. (1) Northern Illinois 

Anderson, Beverly J. (9) Southern California-Arizona 

Anderson, Pam 0. (9) North Indiana 

Anderson, Rodney D. (2) Rocky Mountain 

Andrews, David H. (E) (8) Baltimore 

Anglin, James F. (E) North Indiana 

Appelgate, William P. (8) Iowa 

Arthur, Donald R. (2) Iowa 

Asano, Milton K. (10) Southern California-Arizona 

Ash, John L. Ill (10) Mississippi 

Ashema, Mukandu D. (2) Central Zaire 

Atkinson, Sydney H. (3) New York 

Backus, Arthur G. (10) West Virginia 

Bahule, Andre N. (2) Southeast Africa 

Baidya, Sukumar (5) Bengal 

Bailen, Gregorio R. (5) Northwest Philippines 

Bailey, Doreen (1) Central Pennsylvania 

Bailey, E. A. (6) North Mississippi 

Bailey, Joe Jr. (3) North Mississippi 

Bailey, Wesley (3) Western North Carolina 

Bailey, William P. (6) Memphis 

Baker, Blanche M. (9) British Methodist 

Baker, Jane C. (2) West Ohio 

Baker, Leo L. (2) North Texas 

Baker, Sandra (E) (1) Virginia 

Barger, Mrs. Jeanne D. (1) Western New York 

Barger, Rebecca K. (3) Baltimore 

Barnes, Bryce (10) Central Illinois 

Earnhardt, Mrs. Lurleen G. (1) Western North Carohna 

Barrett, James S. (7) South Carolina 

Barrow, Mrs. Opal (1) Alabama-West Florida 

Barto, Reta (2) Eastern Pennsylvania 

Bashore, George W. (E) (3) Eastern Pennsylvania 

Bauman, Larry A. (8) North Georgia 

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Beard, Jean J. (5) West Virginia 

Beatty, William M. (10) Western Pennsylvania 

Beaty, J. Harold (4) Memphis 

Beeman, Paul J. (4) Pacific Northwest 

Bell, James M. (3) Tennessee 

BeU, Michael D. (E) West Ohio 

Beltran, Rodolfo C. (2) Middle Philippines 

Bender, Gordon R. (E) (4) Wisconsin 

Benedyktomcz, Witold K. (2) Poland 

Bentzinger, Rosalie J. (3) Iowa 

Beppler, Ronald (2) Southern New Jersey 

Berry, George (2) North Mississippi 

Bertholf, Lloyd M. (3) Central Illinois 

Bevins, C. Rex (7) Nebraska 

Biddle, Homer Glenn (E) (5) West Ohio 

Bigler, Vernon (5) Western New York 

Bingham, CUfford H. (E) (3) South Indiana 

Bischojf, John W. (E) (2) Red Bird Missionary 

Bittner, Dwight M. (E) (7) Western Pennsylvania 

Bjemo, Henning Denmark 

Bjork, Virgil V. (4) North Indiana 

Black, Clair W. (3) Northern New Jersey 

Blackstone, Barbara (3) Western Pennsylvania 

Blackstone, Franklin, Jr. (1) Western Pennsylvania 

Blake, Bruce (2) Kansas West 

Blessing, Roy E. (E) (4) West Virginia 

Blomquist, Paul f. (6) Detroit 

BlundeU, John (7) Little Rock 

Bobbitt, Pauline (6) Southern California- Arizona 

Boda, Harold L. (E) (4) West Ohio 

Bolleter, Heinrich (4) Switzerland-France 

Bond, R. H. (2) Memphis 

Bonds, Alfred (4) East Ohio 

Borger, Clarence (7) Kansas West 

Bom, Ethel W. (5) Virginia 

Boro, Nayan K. (7) Madhya Pradesh 

Boswell, George M. (7) North Texas 

Bott, LeRoy (E) (6) Kansas West 

Boulton, Edwin C. (4) Iowa 

Bowers, Robert D. (2) Alaska Missionary 

Boyd, William T. (3) Western North Carolina 

Boyden, Beverly (3) New Hampshire 

Bozeman, W. Scott (2) Florida 

Brabham, A. McKay, Jr. (5) South Carolina 

Brandyberry, Abraham (E) (6) East Ohio 

Brannon, William C. (7) North Alabama 

Brawn, J. Melvin (E) (6) California-Nevada 

Bray, Jerry G., Jr. (2) Virginia 

Bridges, Ramsey M. (4) West Virginia 

Bristah, James W. (I) Detroit 

Brittain, Thomas N. (4) South Carolina 

Brogdon, Elizabeth S. (7) Southern New Jersey 

Brooks, D. W. (5) North Georgia 

Brown, Kim (9) Memphis 

Brown, Rainsford A., Sr. (10) Iowa 



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Broyles, J. E. (2) Tennessee 

Bruckner, B. M. (5) Northwest Texas 

Bryan, Monk (1) Missouri East 

Bryant, Richard B., Jr. (4) North Carolina 

Bryant, Thomas V. (9) South Indiana 

Burdine, Richard T. (E) (1) Southern CaUfomia-Arizona 

Burge, Donald (5) East Ohio 

Burkhalter, Mrs. Lois (9) South Carolina 

Burkhalter, Lucille F. (3) New Mexico 

Bums, Mrs. Marjorie (5) Central Texas 

Burrous, Kermit North Indiana 

Burtner, Robert W. (4) Oregon-Idaho 

Buttrey, D. R. (5) Tennessee 

Butts, Thomas L. (5) Alabama-West Florida 

Butz, Earl H. ifi) South Dakota 

Buxton, Dorothy R. (5) Kentucky 

Byler, RobeH A. (4) West Ohio 

Bymside, Connie (Mrs. David) (8) South Carolina 

Cain, Richard W. (4) Southern California-Arizona 

Callis, Kenneth R. (10) Detroit 

Campbell, Berlin T. (9) Southern Illinois 

Campbell, Foy (10) Alabama-West Florida 

Campney, Arthur B. (6) Iowa 

Cannon, Ralph A. (1) South Carolina 

Carey, Abraham (7) Wisconsin 

Cariker, C. E. {6) South Georgia 

Carlisle, Bob (2) Oklahoma 

Carpenter, Robert B., Jr. (1) Virginia 

Carper, Donald E. (E) (8) Kansas West 

Carraway, James L. (7) Western Pennsylvania 

Carroll, Kathryn (5) California-Nevada 

Carruth, Mrs. Augusta (5) South Georgia 

Carson, Joseph T., Jr. (6) Virginia 

Carter, Earl B. (7) North Arkansas 

Carter, Fletcher (3) South Carolina 

Caswell, Bervin 0. (4) New Mexico 

Chapman, A. Frank (3) Peninsula 

Charles, Samuel (2) Agra 

Chase, Charles (5) Central New York 

Chen, Yung S. (E) (9) North Indiana 

Cheney, Edward B. (6) Southern New Jersey 

Cherry, William T. (7) Eastern Pennsylvania 

Cheyne, Robert D. (8) North Arkansas 

Chibanguza, Alec (4) Rhodesia 

Chidzikwe, Josiah (2) Rhodesia 

Chittum, John (1) East Ohio 

Chrisentery, Inez W. (6) Louisiana 

Christianson, Lyle (4) Minnesota 

Christopher, Richard L. (9) South Indiana 

Christopher, Sharon B. (5) Wisconsin 

Christy, John H., Jr. (9) Western North Carolina 

Cies, Herbert A. (5) Yellowstone 

Clark, Alva H. (5) Nebraska 

Clark, Mrs. Helen Marie (8) Nebraska 



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Clark, Lenora F. (4) Texas 

Clark, Roy C. (8) Tennessee 

Clark, Wesley E. (4) Louisville 

Clary, Doris (E) (10) East Ohio 

Clay, Henry, Jr. (1) Mississippi 

Clay, Willie B. (4) Northern lUinois 

Clem, Paul L. (10) North Alabama 

Cleveland, Millard C. (3) Florida 

Cline, John M. (8) North Carolina 

Clive, Elliot D. (5) Delhi 

Close, Phyllis E. (E) (3) Central Pennsylvania 

Close, Robert L. (E) (5) Central Pennsylvania 

Clymer, Betty (E) (2) East Ohio 

Code, Allen L., Sr. (7) South Carolina 

Coffman, Floyd H. (2) Kansas East 

Colaw, Emerson S. (3) West Ohio 

Cole, T. Winston (7) Florida 

Collins, Claude R. (5) West Virginia 

Colpitis, A. Hunter (E) (8) North Indiana 

Compton, Mary A. (5) Louisiana 

Condrey, Betty S. (3) West Ohio 

Conklin, Rowland S. (6) Troy 

Conoway, Merlin D. (8) North Mississippi 

Cook, PoUy L. (9) Florida 

Cooke, Bemadine (9) East Ohio 

Cooke, Mary F. (9) Peninsula 

Cooke, Raymond J. (2) Peninsula 

Cooney, C. Douglas (10) Baltimore 

Cooper, Earle N. (8) Troy 

Cooper, Joel A. (3) North Arkansas 

Cooper, Kenneth (8) Alabama- West Florida 

Coots, Fred H., Jr. (5) Southern California- Arizona 

Cope, Abigail J. (8) Northern New Jersey 

Cotton, W. D. (2) Louisiana 

Courtney, Robert (3) East Ohio 

Cox, Sara E. (1) West Ohio 

Crain, Dight W. (2) Southern New England 

Crain, Sarah P. (9) Kentucky 

Cramer, Irene (Mrs. Solomon) (E) (6) Wisconsin 

Crawford, David L. (4) West Michigan 

Crawford, Gene P. (E) (5) South Indiana 

Crawford, Ray M. (E) (2) South Indiana 

Crist, Dollie (5) Florida 

Crocker, Hugh D. (5) Western Pennsylvania 

Crockett, Granville D. (7) North Mississippi 

Cromwell, Thomas L. (6) East Ohio 

Crosby, Mrs. Lorena I. (E) (9) Western New York 

Crosby, Wanda R. (E) (1) West Michigan 

Crump, Ed. L., Jr. (10) Memphis 

Cummings, Hazel (3) Northern Illinois 

Cummings, Simeon F. (5) North Carolina 

Cummins, Marlene S. (5) Southern Illinois 

Current, Gloster B. (9) New York 

Curry, J. W., Sr. (6) South Carolina 



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Dailey, Charles (7) East Ohio 

Dammann, Arlene (5) East Ohio 

Darling, Howard H. (6) New York 

Daugherty, Ruth (E) (8) Eastern Pennsylvania 

Dauner, Immanuel (E) (3) Southwest Germany 

Davis, Frank W. (5) Oklahoma 

Davis, George (E) (4) North Indiana 

Davis, James T. (1) West Ohio 

Decker, Hazel M. (9) Texas 

Deere, Mrs. Joann (2) Oklahoma Indian Missionary 

deFreitas, Magalhaes J Angola 

Dekle, Joe B. (8) North Georgia 

Dellit, Harold W. (E) (7) Iowa 

DeLong, Dale F. (E) (7) West Ohio 

Delp, W. Owen, Jr. (E) (6) West Ohio 

Del Pino, Jerome K. (S) Southern New England 

DePano, Stanley P. (1) Pacific Northwest 

DeVaux, Mary Lou (E) Western Pennsylvania 

Dickerson, E. Robert (9) Alabama- West Florida 

Dilgard, Charles K. (E) (7) West Ohio 

Dillard, Robert L., Jr. (10) North Texas 

Dille, RobeH E. (E) (6) West Virginia 

Dillon, Orville E. (6) Western North Carolina 

Dimmler, Rolf (5) South Germany 

Dodson, Thurman L. (10) Baltimore 

Doe, David S. (2) Liberia 

Doggett, Herbert L. D. (6) Baltimore 

Dorsett, Jean (5) North Carolina 

Dotts, Ted J. (4) Northwest Texas 

Doty, Arthur L. (10) Troy 

Douglas, Willard H., Jr. (10) Virginia 

Downie, Gerald L. (5) Central Illinois 

Drake, Ernest R. (4) New Hampshire 

Drennan, Merrill W. (7) Baltimore 

Drinkard, Eugene T. (6) North Georgia 

Drinkard, Ms. Lee (3) North Georgia 

Droke, Clifford S. (7) California-Nevada 

Duck, David A. (10) South Georgia 

Duecker, R. Sheldon (6) North Indiana 

Duffey, Paul A. (4) Alabama- West Florida 

Duncan, Edward L. (3) Detroit 

Dunlap, G. Alan (1) Nebraska 

Dunlap, J. Edward (5) Little Rock 

Dunn, Van Bogard (4) East Ohio 

Durham, Donald W. (4) Kentucky 

Durr, Ransom (6) North Alabama 

Dykes, David L., Jr. (3) Louisiana 

Easley, John J. (E) (6) South Indiana 

Easter, Paul M. (10) Western Pennsylvania 

Eaton, Harry B. (8) Virginia 

Eby, Norma C. (9) Pacific Northwest 

Eckel, Sherman B. (E) (10) Western New York 

Edgar, Charles E. (2) Central Pennsylvania 

Egan, Jim A. (1) Oklahoma 



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Egger, Darris L. (2) Northwest Texas 

Ekin, Floy J. (3) Central Illinois 

Elliott, Avenell R. (9) Kansas West 

Elmore, S. J. (S) North Alabama 

Emerick, Jack F. (E) (3) Western Pennsylvania 

Emurian, Ernest K. (9) Virginia 

English, Susie (6) Oklahoma 

Enke, Karl-Heinz (E) (3) German Democratic Republic 

Entler, Fred P. (6) Holston 

Epps, A. C. (9) North Georgia 

Ether, Horace F. (10) Eastern Pennsylvania 

Eutsler, Ralph K. (5) Virginia 

Evans, Mary Lou (5) Southern Nevi^ England 

Fanning, 0. B. (8) Florida 

Fannings, Helen (2) Northern Illinois 

Farley, Thomas K. (3) Southern California-Arizona 

Faubion, Mrs. Maurice (1) Texas 

Fenner, Donald D. (E) (3) Wisconsin 

Fenstermacher, Anita (5) North Indiana 

Ferris, Mrs. Yvonne (5) Nebraska 

Fetterman, Brian A. (!) Central Pennsylvania 

Fields, Richard E. (5) South Carolina 

Fink, Harold H. (7) Virginia 

Finkbeiner, Melvin Af . (6) Pacific Northwest 

Fischer, Heinz P. (1) South Germany 

Fishbeck, Royal B., Jr. (9) Troy 

Fitts, Mrs. Gladys M. (7) Tennessee 

Flinchbaugh, James E. (E) (4) West Ohio 

Flint, Mrs. Persis (8) South Dakota 

Fogle, Beth A. (1) Florida 

Fogleman, Clarence M., Jr. (4) Kansas West 

Forbes, J. Kenneth (7) South Indiana 

Ford, F. B. (8) New Mexico 

Ford, Floyd (1) Tennessee 

Forehand, George H. (2) North Carolina 

Foster, Betty Jean (7) Minnesota 

Francis, John L. (3) West Michigan 

Frankovsky, Miroslav (6) Czechoslovakia 

Freeman, G. Ross (8) South Georgia 

Freites, Moises (2) Puerto Rico 

French, Edith (3) Troy 

French, Vernon C. (6) Western New York 

Froe, D. W. (10) West Virginia 

Fry, Mildred (1) North Carolina 

Fulbright, Homer H. (1) North Arkansas 

Furman, Frank H., Jr. (3) Florida 

Galindo, Jose (5) Rio Grande 

Galloway, Benedict A. (1) Louisiana 

Galvan, Elias G. (9) Southern California-Arizona 

Galyon, Steve (1) Holston 

Gardner, Robert W. (2) Kentucky 

Garrett, C. Dendy (5) Iowa 

Garrick, Grier L. (3) North Carolina 



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Garza, Oscar 0. IV (2) Rio Grande 

Gatdula, Balbino E., Jr. (2) Philippines 

Gates, Matthew H. (7) New York 

Gehres, J. Philip (8) New York 

Geible, Merrell Z). (E) (2) North Indiana 

Georg, Irene L. (5) Kansas West 

Germond, Robert E. (4) Wyoming 

Gibbs, M. McCoy (8) Florida 

Gibson, Nelson (10) North Carolina 

Gierhart, B. Willis (5) North Indiana 

Gill, Rehmat Masih (2) Bengal 

Gilmore, Paul G. (E) (8) Central Pennsylvania 

Gih-eath, Mrs. Judy M. (3) North Texas 

Gist, Lucy (5) Western North Carolina 

Gladstone, Houle S. (1) Hyderabad 

Glasgow, Francis (8) East Ohio 

Goebel, Horst (E) (9) Southwest Germany 

Goens, Ray W. (2) Texas 

Goldman, K. June (1) Iowa 

Good, Mary (8) Detroit 

Goodgame, Gordon C. (1) Holston 

Goodwin, Louise (3) West Ohio 

Goodwin, Robert B. (7) Northern New Jersey 

Gordon, Mrs. Myrtle (5) North Alabama 

Gordon, Prentiss M. Sr. (1) North Mississippi 

Graham, Joseph R. (E) (5) West Ohio 

Gramling, Mrs. Marion (6) South Carolina 

Grant, Nicholas W. (10) North Carolina 

Gray, C. Jarrett, Sr. (3) Missouri West 

Gray, Ethel M. (3) Florida 

Gray, Michael (3) Wisconsin 

Gray, Mrs. Vivienne (8) Texas 

Greenwaldt, William M. (10) Central Texas 

Cfrenfell, John N. (8) Detroit 

Grigsby, R. L. Jr. (4) South Carolina 

Chissom, Thomas P. (3) California-Nevada 

Grogan, Roy Central Texas 

Grove, William B. (1) Western Pennsylvania 

Gruver, Esdras S. (10) Virginia 

Gsell, Theo (3) Switzerland-France 

Guinivan, Thomas W. (E) (7) Central Pennsylvania 

Guittard, Clarence A. (1) North Texas 

Gwyer, Herbert L. (6) Western Pennsylvania 

Haberman, Joyce (9) Minnesota 

Hager, Cornelius R. (3) Kentucky 

Haining, Kathleen (5) Minnesota 

Hallman, Julieanne S. (1) Southern New England 

Halvorsen, Carl W. (4) Southern New Jersey 

Hamilton, Richard E. (4) South Indiana 

Hampton, Mrs. Mary A. (8) Missouri West 

Hancock, C. Wilbume (7) South Georgia 

Hand, Don (6) Southwest Texas 

Handy, Doris M. (9) Western Pennsylvania 

Handy, William T., Jr. {4) Louisiana 



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Hanks, Stanley (3) Minnesota 

Hanna, Ellen R. (7) Central Illinois 

Hardcastle, James C. (10) Peninsula 

Hardin, Nadine (Mrs. P. H.) (9) North Arkansas 

Hardin, Paul (4) Northern New Jersey 

Harding, Joe A. (3) Pacific Northwest 

Hardt, John W. (4) Texas 

Hargrove, Bruce North Carolina 

Harkness, Leonard (1) Minnesota 

Harrington, Richard W. (4) Western New York 

Harris, Justin N. (2) Bombay 

Harris, Robert M. (10) Nebraska 

Harris, Velma M. (8) South Indiana 

Harris, William M. (2) Southwest Texas 

Hartman, Tom E. (2) Kansas West 

Hasler, Freda (E) (6) Southern lUinois 

Hawemann, Gerhard (E) (6) German Democratic Republic 

Hawkins, J. Clinton (3) Missouri East 

Hayes, Clare J. (3) Kansas East 

Hayes, RobeH E., Sr. (9) Texas 

Hayward, Mrs. Rachel (2) Central New York 

Heam, James W. (8) Louisiana 

Hedberg, Alfred A. (5) Florida 

Hefley, Charles E. (2) North Indiana 

Heilman, Geraldine B. (E) (9) Central Pennsylvania 

Heisel, Eldred B. (E) (2) West Ohio 

Held, Mrs. Virginia Missouri East 

Hemphill, William (4) Peninsula 

Henderson, Herb H. (8) West Virginia 

Henderson, Mattie M. (1) West Ohio 

Henry, Luther W., Sr. (8) Central Texas 

Henry, William i2. (4) Oklahoma 

Henton, Jack H. (1) Memphis 

Hermann, Theodor (7) Southwest Germany 

Hernandez, Frances (9) CaUfomia- Nevada 

Hernandez, Victoria (2) Puerto Rico 

Herrick, Marvin V. (E) (4) Nebraska 

Hershberger, George (E) (8) Western Pennsylvania 

Hess, Wayne C. (E) (6) Central lUinois 

Hicks, Kenneth W. (3) Nebraska 

Hicks, L. T. (E) (3) Oklahoma 

Higgins, Mrs. Ann (9) Missouri West 

Higgins, David R. (E) (9) Central Pennsylvania 

Hitchcock, William C. (3) Detroit 

Hodapp, Leroy C. (1) South Indiana 

Holland, Bettilou (5) Northern New Jersey 

Holmes, Robert C. (3) South Indiana 

Holmes, Zan, Jr. (9) North Texas 

Homer, Robert L. (3) Central New York 

Hoover, Theressa (10) New York 

Horton, Howard J. (9) Western Pennsylvania 

HoHon, Robert E. (E) (5) Detroit 

Hostetter, Mark J. (E) (9) Eastern Pennsylvania 

Hottle, Darrell R West Ohio 

Howell, H. Sharon (9) Kansas East 



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Hulit, Kenneth (E) (2) East Ohio 

Humbel, Herbert (6) Switzerland- France 

Humphrey, John D., Sr. (4) North Mississippi 

Hundley, George (1) North Alabama 

Hunt, Clark W. (6) Northern New Jersey 

Huston, Ralph B. (1) Florida 

Hutcherson, Guy K. (4) South Georgia 

Hutchinson, Charles L. (5) North Alabama 

Hutchinson, Orion N., Jr. (1) Western North Carolina 

Ibasco, Abelardo (5) Northern Philippines 

Immanuel, Jacket B. (3) Hyderabad 

Isaacs, Miriam (E) (4) New York 

Ives, S. Clifton (3) Maine 

Jackson, LesUe (8) East Ohio 

James, William Af . (4) New York 

Jarvis, Charles S. (2) Northern Illinois 

Jayaprabhu, E. (2) South India 

Jefferson, A. G. (3) Virginia 

Jenkins, Daniel C. (9) West Ohio 

Jetter, Richard (E) (8) South Germany 

Johnson, Charles L. (8) South Carolina 

Johnson, Harold G. , Sr. (2) Baltimore 

Johnson, John G. (3) Western Pennsylvania 

Johnson, Joseph T. (4) Northern IlHnois 

Johnson, Richard E. (5) Kansas East 

Johnston, Paula (8) Rocky Mountain 

Jolley, Delbert E. {9) Western Pennsylvania 

Jones, Donald J. (5) Central Illinois 

Jones, Everett R. (8) Baltimore 

Jones, G. Eliot (7) Mississippi 

Jones, Gerald H. (S) North Indiana 

Jones, Hughey L. (8) West Ohio 

Jones, Jameson (4) Rocky Mountain 

Jones, L. Bevel III (5) North Georgia 

Jordan, Ben F. (2) North Arkansas 

Jordan, Bert (3) Mississippi 

Jordan, Charles W. (9) Northern Illinois 

Jordon, Louis (1) South Georgia 

Kalaf, Walter N. (4) Florida 

Kallstad, Thorvald E. (4) Sweden 

Kamwashi, Mrs. Mujinga (3) North Shaba 

Karis, Harold M. (2) Detroit 

Keeley, Virgil D. (6) Little Rock 

Kellam, Harold B. (6) Virginia 

Kellow, M.K. (S) Texas 

Kemmerly, J. R. (9) Louisiana 

Kennedy, Anna F. (1) Central Illinois 

Kennedy, Stanley C. (9) Iowa 

Kent, Harry (10) South Carolina 

Kerr, Charles S. (1) Eastern Pennsylvania 

Kesler, Becky (3) Southern California- Arizona 

Kesler, N. Robert (4) Southern California- Arizona 



104 Journal of the 1976 General Conference 

Khyalie, Charles S. (2) Moradabad 

Kimbrough, R. E. (2) North Alabama 

King, John T. (4) Southwest Texas 

Kirby, Wallace HAD North Carolina 

Kirkwood, WiUiam C. (1) New York 

Kistler, Richard E. (E)(7) North Indiana 

Kite, Joseph H., Jr. (3) Western New York 

Knecht, David (4) North Dakota 

Knight, W. Carlton (2) Missouri West 

Knight, William E. (2) Virginia 

Knox, J. Lloyd (7) Florida 

Knupp, Robert E. (10) Central Pennsylvania 

Koenig, Robert W. (E) (6) South Indiana 

Kreager, Marjorie (2) Iowa 

Kreager, Max W. (1) Iowa 

Krech, Walter Z). (2) Central Illinois 

Kristojfersen, Erik Denmark 

Krueger, Delton (6) Minnesota 

Kuczma, Miss Jolanta (6) Poland 

Kuehl, Werner (3) Northwest Germany 

Kumar, Dilip (2) Lucknow 

Kurtz, Merwin R. (E) (6) Kansas East 

Lady, R. Andrew (4) Central Pennsylvania 

Lai, Manohar (2) Moradabad 

Lamb, Raymond R. (4) Detroit 

Lambdin, Mrs. Ruby (E) (5) Red Bird Missionary 

Lance, Bert (4) North Georgia 

Landis, Theodore E. (i) Virginia 

Lang, Francis (6) East Ohio 

Langford, Thomas A. (4) Western North Carolina 

Lanning, Dean A. (1) Northern New Jersey 

LaPoint, Kathy (8) California-Nevada 

Larson, Norma (2) Minnesota 

Lash, H. Donald (E) (6) Western Pennsylvania 

Lashford, Mrs. Cathy (5) Wyoming 

Lavery, Barbara W. (1) Baltimore 

Lawson, David J. (2) South Indiana 

Lawson, Norman R. (2) Pacific Northwest 

Leatherman, Harold F. (9) North Carohna 

Lee, Alice (2) Alabama- West Florida 

Lee, Clay F., Jr. (8) Mississippi 

Lee, Ernest W. (8) Southern New Jersey 

Leggett, J. W., Jr. (4) Mississippi 

Lennartson, Walter S. (6) Northern Illinois 

Lenox, Asbury (6) Texas 

Lewis, William B. (1) Southern Illinois 

Lien, Olaf (4) Norway 

Ling, Carl C. (3) West Ohio 

Lippman, Roland A. (3) Southern Illinois 

Long, Carroll H. (4) Holston 

Longenecker, Robert P. (E) (5) Eastern Pennsylvania 

Lorch, Basil, Jr. (10) South Indiana 

Love, Elza L. (1) Texas 

Lovem, J. Chess (2) Oklahoma 



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Loyd, Martha E. (9) West Virginia 

Loyd, W. Harold (4) Central Illinois 

Luciani, Janet (1) Detroit 

Ludwig, Lois S. (5) South Indiana 

Lugo, Michael (1) Southern California-Arizona 

Lundquist, C. David (2) West Michigan 

Lundy, John T. (5) Holston 

Lupo, C. J. Jr. (10) South Carolina 

LAitrick, Charles E. (8) Northwest Texas 

McAdams, Charles K North Carolina 

McAdams, Emil D. (6) Louisville 

McCallum, James H. (2) North Carolina 

McCartt, J. Spurgeon (2) Holston 

McCleskey, Wayne H. (8) Texas 

McConnell, Calvin D. (6) Rocky Mountain 

McConnell, Sam P. (2) Holston 

McCormack, James H. (7) West Ohio 

McCarmick, Gerald A. (E) (2) Western Pennsylvania 

McCormick, Paul R. (E) Western Pennsylvania 

McCune, Robert J. (8) Central New York 

McDermott, George W. (1) North Indiana 

McDonald, Charles P. (4) North Arkansas 

McDonell, C. Durward (10) Florida 

McGehee, Coleman H. (3) Alabama- West Florida 

McGuire, Douglas L. (5) Louisiana 

Mcintosh, Burt A. (7) Central Illinois 

McKenzie, Anne (4) Tennessee 

McMullin, Nancy (7) Missouri East 

McPherson, William (10) Minnesota 

McQuary, Thomas R. (2) Louisville 

McReynolds, Marvin D. (3) Kansas West 

McVey, Charles B. (E) (6) West Ohio 

McWfwrter, John L. (6) Western North Carolina 

Mabee, Marilynn (8) Southern California-Arizona 

Mackay, James A. (9) North Georgia 

Madison, J. Clay (7) Western North Carolina 

Magdowski, Axel (5) Northwest Germany 

Mahon, Eldon B. (1) Central Texas 

Main, Art Missouri West 

Majors, R. Powell (7) Western North Carolina 

Malac, Vlastislav (3) Czechoslovakia 

Mann, Charles L. (E) (5) Baltimore 

Mann, George Af . (6) Southern California-Arizona 

Mann, Marjorie (9) North Carolina 

Mann, Robert L. (1) Central New York 

Manson, Frances M. (8) Kansas East 

Markham, Mrs. Becky (9) Oklahoma 

Marsland, Irving A., Jr. (2) New York 

Martin, George W. {8) Little Rock 

Martin, Paul D., Jr. (7) Virginia 

Martin, S. Walter (2) South Georgia 

Marty, Wayne (E) (4) Iowa 

Mason, L. K. (7) Louisiana 

Mason, William G. (3) Southern New Jersey 



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Mast, Jacob W. (3) Virginia 

Masters, L. D. (3) Tennessee 

Matheny, Robert M. (6) Mississippi 

Mather, P. Boyd (3) Iowa 

Matthews, Marjorie S. (10) West Michigan 

May, Felton E. (5) Peninsula 

Mayes, Allen M. (10) Texas 

Mayfield, Robert G. (7) Kentucky 

Mayo, George W. (4) South Georgia 

Mealiff, Lester C. (3) Iowa 

Meares, John M. (8) North Carolina 

Meier, Karl (8) German Democratic Republic 

Meier, Wilma L. (E) (1) Kansas West 

Melius, Arthur R. (D Troy 

Mercer, Charles H. (3) North Carolina 

Meredith, Richard P. (3) Little Rock 

Messmer, William K. (E) (7) West Ohio 

Metzel, Mrs. Mary (7) Oklahoma 

Mevis, Joyce (Mrs. Lawrence) (10) Wisconsin 

Meyer, Lester A. (8) Oklahoma 

Meyer, Samuel L. (4) West Ohio 

Mikkelsen, John H. (2) Nebraska 

MiUer, Harriet L. (E) (9) West Ohio 

Miller, Harry L. (E) (6) West Virginia 

Miller, John I. (2) British Methodist 

Milligan, Thomas (7) Central New York 

Minnick, Carlton P., Jr. (4) Virginia 

Minsker, John H. (8) Western New York 

Minus, Paul M. (10) West Ohio 

Mixson, Rex M. (7) Alabama- West Florida 

Moats, Diane (2) Southern California-Arizona 

Mohney, Ralph W. (7) Holston 

Montgomery, Allen D. (4) North Alabama 

Montgomery, Ed (4) North Alabama 

Montgomery, John C, Jr. (10) Missouri East 

Moore, Eugene J. (E) (2) Central Illinois 

Moore, George C. (E) (6) Missouri West 

Moore, J. Barcus (9) Southwest Texas 

Moore, John V. (4) California-Nevada 

Moore, Lester L. (1) Iowa 

Moore, Richard V. (4) Florida 

Moore, Thomas (E) (7) East Ohio 

Moorhead, Edwin E. (4) Mississippi 

Morgan, Robert C. (6) North Alabama 

Morris, William W. (4) Tennessee 

Morton, Hallie (5) Texas 

Mugler, Walter F. (E) (10) Kansas West 

Murray, Jerry D. (5) Western North Carolina 

Mutombu, Kayij (5) Southern Zaire 

Myers, Calvin (1) East Ohio 

Myers, Paul E. (6) Central Pennsylvania 

Myers, T. Cecil (3) North Georgia 

Naff, George E.,Jr. (4) Holston 

Namwan, Kat (9) Southern Zaire 



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Navas, Hector (E) (9) Florida 

Naylor, Edward R. (10) Rocky Mountain 

Nees, Forrest (9) East Ohio 

Neese, William J. (6) North Carolina 

Nelson, Mrs. Fletcher (10) Western North CaroHna 

Nestler, Frank //. (8) Central Illinois 

Nettleton, James L. (2) Southern Illinois 

Newman, Ernest W. (6) Florida 

Newman, Omega (9) South Carohna 

Nichols, Frank A. (4) Iowa 

Nichols, Henry H. (10) Eastern Pennsylvania 

Nicholson, Anne (5) Eastern Pennsylvania 

Nicholson, R. Herman (10) Western North Carolina 

Nieves, Jon /Z. (9) Rocky Mountain 

Nightingale, C. B. (Chappy) (3) Yellowstone 

Norgate, Jennifer (4) British Methodist 

Norris, Alfred L. (10) Louisiana 

Norris, Irene T. (5) Detroit 

NoHhfelt, Merlyn W. (7) Northern Illinois 

Nusbaum, Betty L. (E) (7) Central Pennsylvania 

O'Day, Ralph (1) Peninsula 

Oden, Tal (4) Oklahoma 

Oden, William B. (6) Oklahoma 

Oehler, Carolyn (E) (1) Northern lUinois 

Olfermann, Wolfgang (7) Northwest Germany 

Oliphint, Benjamin R. (7) North Texas 

Olson, Lois (E) (1) Wisconsin 

Onema, Ekoko L. (9) Central Zaire 

Oot, Arthur B.,Jr.{l) Northern New York 

Osbcrni, John F. (E) (2) West Ohio 

Osment, Mildred (5) North Arkansas 

Outler, Albert C. (4) North Texas 

Overton, Vivian P. (7) New York 

Page, Conrad M., Jr. (E) (6) Central Pennsylvania 

Parker, Richard S. (1) New York 

Parker, Sarah (Mrs. W. Roy) South Carolina 

Patch, Dorothy (1) Oregon-Idaho 

Patrick, William H., Jr. (4) Louisiana 

Patterson, William G. (6) West Ohio 

Patton, Luther A. (4) Troy 

Peacock, H. Eugene (8) Western North Carolina 

Peijfer, Harold S. (E) (6) Eastern Pennsylvania 

Penicela, Almeida (2) Southeast Africa 

Persons, William R. (1) Rocky Mountain 

Peters, James C. (3) Western North Carolina 

Peters, Lloyd A. (7) Oklahoma 

Peters, Rhoda A. (5) Louisville 

Petteway, Warren B. (1) North Carolina 

Pevahouse, Joe (3) Memphis 

Pfisterer, Fred R. &) Louisville 

Phipps, James E. (3) West Virginia 

Pickett, Mrs. Elizabeth (2) North Georgia 

Pike, Don M . (9) Central Texas 



108 Journal of the 1976 General Conference 

Plowman, Howard L. (1) Oklahoma 

Plummer, Kenneth (5) Central Pennsylvania 

Poe, George E. (5) Missouri West 

Pohl, Keith /. (8) West Michigan 

Potthoff, Harvey H. (3) Rocky Mountain 

Praetorius, E. Russell (E) (7) Minnesota 

Price, Carl E. (7) Detroit 

Prigmore, Lafayette T. , Jr Holston 

Pullen, Harry A., Jr. (1) Louisville 

Pulver, Merle B. (E) (3) Oklahoma 

Purdham, Charles (8) Minnesota 

Quesenberry, Mrs. Lois (3) Holston 

Quickel, Harold H. (E) (7) Eastern Pennsylvania 

Ragsdale, Mrs. Martha (10) Holston 

Ramer, Lloyd W. (5) Memphis 

Randitt, Ina (9) South Georgia 

Rathod, John B. (6) Gujarat 

Rathod, Raiji M. (3) Gujarat 

Ratnam, Darsi J. (10) Bombay 

Reavley, Tom (1) Southwest Texas 

Redding, Mrs. Viola (7) Western North Carolina 

Redmond, Charles D. (E) (10) West Ohio 

Reeves, Ms. Nina (3) North Alabama 

Reeves, Richard E. (4) Central Illinois 

Reid, William C. (3) South CaroUna 

Reid, William W., Jr. (7) Wyoming 

Revels, P. B. (1) Florida 

Rhone, Raymond D. (10) Texas 

Rice, H. Dan (1) North Georgia 

Richards, Cecil T. (2) North India 

Richardson, Ted (8) Southwest Texas 

Rider, John R. (8) Southern Illinois 

Riggin, Don L. (1) Little Rock 

Riley, Negail R. (2) Little Rock 

Risinger, Melvin S. (2) West Virginia 

Rivera, Eli S. (9) Northern New Jersey 

Roberts, Leigh (8) Wisconsin 

Roberts, Ms. Marilyn (1) North Georgia 

Roberts, Roger G. (7) West Virginia 

Roberts, Sidney (4) Central Texas 

Robey, William T., Jr. (7) Virginia 

Robinson, Ruth (5) Rocky Mountain 

Rollins, William B. (5) Southern California- Arizona 

Ross, Martha S. (6) Baltimore 

Roughface, Thomas, Sr. (2) Oklahoma Indian Missionary 

Rountree, Alvin L. (8) Central Illinois 

Rowan, James C. (6) Florida 

Rowe, J. Edgar (9) Virginia 

Rowlett, Martha G. (1) California-Nevada 

Ruff, William //. (2) North Georgia 

Russell, John B. (7) Virginia 

Russell, John W. (5) Oklahoma 

Russell, Patti B. (8) Virginia 



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Rust, Norma A. (9) New York 

Rutland, John E. {^) North Alabama 

Rutland, Walter B. (7) Florida 

Rutter, Kenneth P. (4) Western Pennsylvania 

Ryan, Mary E. (E) (2) West Virginia 

Sagar, Sisa Af . (3) Agra 

St. Clair, Ben B. (3) Holston 

Saito, Perry H. (9) Wisconsin 

Samson, Restituto F. (5) Northwest Philippines 

Sanders, Felix J., Jr Louisville 

Satterfield, John C Mississippi 

Sayre, Charles A. (10) Southern New Jersey 

Scarborough, Mrs. Alice (5) Mississippi 

Schairer, Jane (6) Detroit 

Schneidereit, Harry (1) German Democratic Republic 

Schoenlein, Charles F. (3) Northern New York 

Schoenly, Claude (3) Eastern Pennsylvania 

Schowengerdt, Louis W. (4) Missouri West 

Schreiber, Lyle (E) (3) Minnesota 

Schwiebert, Erwin H. (9) Oregon-Idaho 

Scott, Ralph L. (3) Missouri West 

Seals, Woodrow (6) Texas 

Seamands, David A. (1) Kentucky 

Searle, John C, Jr. (E) (9) West Ohio 

Sears, Kathryne (7) Iowa 

Seller, Ralph H. (10) Southwest Texas 

Self, Eddie (8) North Alabama 

Seymour, Alick Spurzin (7) Delhi 

Shamblin, J. Kenneth (2) Texas 

Shashaguay, Bernard R. (7) West Michigan 

Sheaffer, Lee B. (E) (6) Virginia 

Shearer, Daniel L. (E) (2) Central Pennsylvania 

Shearer, Paul V. (6) Iowa 

Shearer, Wilson A. (E) (4) Baltimore 

Shepherd, Paul (8) Louisville 

Shipp, Thomas J. (5) North Texas 

Shirah, A. Jason (5) South Georgia 

Shoemaker, Wayne E. (10) Iowa 

Shook, Wallace T. (5) Texas 

Shore, Philip L., Jr. (4) Western North Carolina 

Shroyer, Lawton (E) (4) Eastern Pennsylvania 

Sides, Curtis D. (10) Kansas East 

Siering, Walter A. (2) Northwest Germany 

Siess, Robert C. (8) Western Pennsylvania 

Sikkenga, Jean S. (9) Detroit 

Simpson, John C, Jr. (5) Virginia 

Singer, Edgar F. (9) Wyoming 

Singh, RoheH M. (2) Lucknow 

Sites, Leila (E) (6) North Indiana 

Skeete, F. Herbert (5) New York 

Sloan, Lillian A. (5) Western Pennsylvania 

Slutz, Leonard (5) West Ohio 

Smart, Rosmund A. (2) North India 

Smith, F. Rossing (1) West Virginia 



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Smith, Harold F., Sr. (8) Southern New England 

Smith, Irving L. (9) Oklahoma 

Smith, Jam,es R. (4) Virginia 

Smith, Mrs. Josie (8) Mississippi 

Smith, William E. (8) West Ohio 

Sneed, Mrs. Maude (6) North Georgia 

Soares, Noe D Angola 

Soderholm, Patricia (Mrs. Robert) (5) Wisconsin 

Sohl, Joyce D. (E) (7) Rocky Mountain 

Soiland, Gustav (1) Norway 

Solomon, Samson (8) Madhya Pradesh 

Soriano, Benjamin B. (3) Mindanao 

Sowder, Jimmy (10) Florida 

Spafford, Frieda (E) (7) Detroit 

Spain, Robert H. (10) Tennessee 

Spear, James E. (4) Central New York 

Speer, Aubrey B. (7) Missouri West 

Sprouls, J. Clifton (10) Oklahoma 

Stacey, John (7) British Methodist 

Stambach, Arthur W. (E) (3) Central Pennsylvania 

Stansel, Mrs. Elizabeth (5) North Mississippi 

Stanton, Charles F. (E) (8) South Indiana 

Stants, Nelson E. (E) (8) Western Pennsylvania 

Stapleton, Joseph G. (6) Peninsula 

Stames, Billy M. (9) Tennessee 

Starr, James A. (4) Detroit 

Staubach, William T. (2) New York 

Stedman, W. David (4) Western North Carolina 

Stein, Neil L. (8) Missouri East 

Stephenson, Roy (7) Memphis 

Stevens, Robert W. (7) Pacific Northwest 

Stevenson, Thomas F. (1) North Alabama 

Stewart, Charles H. Ill (6) Florida 

Stich, Siegfried (E) (8) Switzerland-France 

Sticher, Hermann (E) (4) South Germany 

Stith, Forrest C. (5) Baltimore 

Stoecker, Hans-Jurgen (6) Southwest Germany 

Stone, Lloyd Tennessee 

Stoppel, Jeanie (3) Oregon-Idaho 

Streeter, Emmett T. (9) Nebraska 

Strickland, Don (7) Texas 

Stroman, Pat (3) Central Texas 

Strong, Plyna G. (5) West Michigan 

Strosahl, Stanford (8) Wisconsin 

Stuckey, Paul E. (E) (2) West Ohio 

Stumbo, John E. (1) Kansas East 

Sublette, Roy (1) Alabama- West Florida 

Sukovaty, Norbert (E) (3) Nebraska 

Summers, James A. (1) Western North Carolina 

Sundin, Robert (E) (1) North Dakota 

Susat, Edward C. (4) South Indiana 

Swales, William R. (6) Central New York 

Sweazy, Albert W. (6) Kentucky 

Swofford, Mrs. Ava (6) Missouri East 



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Talbert, Melvin G. (7) Southern California-Arizona 

Talley, James F. W. (2) Baltimore 

Tate, Godfrey L., Jr. (1) Virginia 

Taylor, Blaine E. (7) Southern New England 

Taylor, Eben (2) South Carolina 

Taylor, John P. (8) Central Pennsylvania 

Taylor, Lawrence R. (E) (6) West Michigan 

Taylor, Robert L. (1) North Georgia 

Terwilliger, Mrs. Grace (1) Wyoming 

Tholin, Richard Z?. (E) (8) Northern Illinois 

Thomas, John J. (1) South Indiana 

Thomason, Terry C. (10) Southern New England 

Thompson, Annie R. (9) Baltimore 

Thompson, Barbara R. (7) Baltimore 

Thompson, Glen E. (deceased) Kansas East 

Thompson, Gordon G. (4) North Georgia 

Thompson, Walter (6) Southern New England 

Thurman, Arthur V. (2) California-Nevada 

Tolbert, RobeH (10) East Ohio 

Tooley, Wendell M. (3) Northwest Texas 

Totherow, Joe C. (2) Western North Carolina 

Treese, Donald H. (4) Central Pennsylvania 

Trice, William E. (1) North Texas 

Trost, Alice (5) Troy 

Trotter, Clifford E. (6) Northwest Texas 

Trotter, J. Irwin (2) Southern California-Arizona 

Trudeau, Mrs. Danita (5) Alaska Missionary 

Truitt, Richard 0. (1) Wisconsin 

Trundle, John N. {5) Holston 

Tubbs, Ruth (Mrs. Vernon) (2) Wisconsin 

Tubman, William V. S. Jr. (2) Liberia 

Turingan, Feliciano (10) Northern Philippines 

Turner, James W. (8) Virginia 

Tyler, Charles (1) Northwest Texas 

Underwood, Harry K. (3) Baltimore 

Underwood, Walter L. (7) Central Texas 

Unger, E. Paul (10) Central Illinois 

Urbom, Warren K. (6) Nebraska 

Usher, Worthie K. {V Iowa 

Vandegriff Paul M. (1) West Ohio 

Vanderpool, Harry (5) New Mexico 

Van Sickle, John R. (7) Northern Illinois 

Vamell, Sam N., Jr. (8) Holston 

Vaughan, William C. (6) Virginia 

Velazquez, Jose R. (S) Northern Illinois 

Vengco, Nonato f/. (3) Middle Philippines 

Verdin, Douglas F. (6) New York 

Vickers, John E. (6) Alabama- West Florida 

Vilmont, Kathy Miller (E) (9) Iowa 

Vosburg, Duane (8) Wyoming 

Wagner, Blake (E) (8) East Ohio 

Wagner, Boyd E. (4) Southern Illinois 



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Wa Kadilo, Ngoy ^. (4) North Shaba 

Wake, Lloyd K. (9) California-Nevada 

Walker, E. C. (1) Missouri West 

Walker, Mrs. Eva (2) North Alabama 

Walker, H. Thomas (5) Minnesota 

Walker, Leon E. (5) Southern New Jersey 

Walker, W. Roland (3) Virginia 

Walker, William 0. (5) Oregon-Idaho 

Walley, F. Levns (4) Eastern Pennsylvania 

Wallstedt, Olle Sweden 

Ward, John W. (4) Missouri East 

Warner, Ronald H. (4) Southern California- Arizona 

Waterfield, Jim (7) Northwest Texas 

Waters, Dale C. (E) (3) West Virginia 

Waters, Mrs. Zenobia P. (4) Little Rock 

Wats(m, Harvey L. (4) North Carolina 

Watson, Mrs. Martha Boyd (8) North Texas 

Watson, Michael (2) South Carolina 

Watson, Olive B. (2) Florida 

Waugh, R. Paschal (2) Western North CaroHna 

Wayman, Phyllis Tyler (10) Southern California-Arizona 

Weaver, R. Bruce (6) North Texas 

Webb, Paul, Jr. (10) North Georgia 

Webber, Frank (7) California-Nevada 

Weigel, Frank A., Jr. (E) (7) Holston 

Welliver, H. Richard (10) Central Pennsylvania 

Wert, James A. (6) Wyoming 

Weston, Charles H., Jr. (5) West Ohio 

White, C. Dale (4) Southern New England 

White, Charles D. (2) Western North Carolina 

White, Leonard (3) East Ohio 

White, Luther W. Ill (4) Virginia 

White, William Z). (6) Northern Illinois 

White, Woodie W. (2) Detroit 

Whitehead, Thomas (8) Oregon-Idaho 

Whitten, Dolphus, Jr. (8) Oklahoma 

Whitworth, Mrs. Virginia (8) Memphis 

Wickett, Jean L. (5) Southern California-Arizona 

Wicklein, Helen F. (9) Baltimore 

Wieting, Norma (8) Northern Illinois 

Wilcox, Barbara B. (5) Florida 

Wilcox, Katherine W. (9) West Michigan 

Wilcox, Robert L. (6) Holston 

Wilde, Barbara J. (E) (5) Pacific Northwest 

Wilke, Richard fi. (5) Kansas West 

Wilken, Alferd J5;. (E) (8) Iowa 

Williams, Charles R. (10) North Georgia 

Williams, Frank L. (4) Baltimore 

Williams, Gwendolyn B. (10) Cahfornia-Nevada 

Williams, Mrs. Shirley (5) Northern New York 

Willis, H. Walter, Jr. (9) Holston 

Wilshusen, Mrs. Jo Anne (5) Southwest Texas 

Wilson, T. R. (7) North Georgia 

Winchester, Clarence M. (8) Western North Carolina 

Winter, F. Mauser (7) Missouri West 



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Winton, Jeanette (8) New York 

Wise, Tom (3) Southwest Texas 

Wolf, John D. (1) North Indiana 

Wolfe, Jeremiah (9) Western North Carolina 

Womeldorff, Porter J. (E) (6) Central lUinois 

Wonders, Alice (6) Central Texas 

Wood, Allison C. (4) Northern New York 

Woodard, F. Mississippi 

Woodfield, Harry C. (3) Wyoming 

Woodruff, Mary Eleanor (9) Central Illinois 

Woods, Prenza L. (7) Southwest Texas 

Woodworth, Elaine J. (10) Pacific Northwest 

Woomer, James A. (E) (3) Western Pennsylvania 

Wordelman, Marlene (E) (6) Minnesota 

Wright, George A. (3) South Georgia 

Wulfkuhle, Wesley W. (E) (7) Kansas East 

Wykle, Eugene M. (E) (5) Northern Illinois 

Yaggy, Mary (5) Iowa 

Yesumithra, S. (2) South India 

Yingling, L. Carroll, Jr. (1) Baltimore 

Young, H. Claude, Jr. (5) Western North Carolina 

Zagray, Allan (E) (4) East Ohio 

ZeUmer, Willard A. (8) Pacific Northwest 

Zimmerman, DeWane R. (8) Southern California-Arizona 

Zimmerman, Gene (4) Florida 

Zimmerman, Virgil (E) (3) East Ohio 

Zuniga, Clemente S.,Jr. (4) Philippines 



ALPHABETICAL LIST 

OF 
RESERVE DELEGATES 

(NOTE: In most cases reserve delegates are those persons, in addition to the 
General Conference delegates, elected by their annual conferences to serve as 
delegates to jurisdictional conferences. Under certain circumstances the Creden- 
tials Committee of the General Conference recognized additional persons who had 
been elected as jurisdictional reserves as being eligible to be seated in place of a 
General Conference delegate. These persons are hsted with their annual 
conference delegations as jurisdictional reserves but are not included in the list 
which follows.) 

Aamodt, Augie Alaska Missionary 

Achberger, Madge East Ohio 

Ackman, Frederick J Kansas East 

Adams, Allen J Yellowstone 

Adams, Mark Missouri East 

Adams, Q. D North Alabama 

Adhav, Shantwan S Bombay 

Adkins, Leon M., Jr Troy 

Albertson, C. Gene Oregon-Idaho 

Albright, Thomas H Pacific Northwest 

Aldrich, Charles S Western New York 

Allen, Hugh G Louisville 

Allen, Mrs. James J Virginia 

Allin, Willard Minnesota 

Almond, Latvrence F Southern New England 

Amico, Eleanor (Mrs. Joseph) Wisconsin 

Anderegg, Joyce (E) (4) Western Pennsylvania 

Anderson, Mrs. Betty Northwest Texas 

Anderson, Booker T California-Nevada 

Anderson, Gilbert A Western Pennsylvania 

Anderson, Ramona (E) South Dakota 

Antle, Benjamin E North Indiana 

Appleby, Harry V Peninsula 

Appleby, William F North Mississippi 

Appling, W. A Northwest Texas 

Armentrout, John W West Ohio 

Arnold, Fred H Little Rock 

Arterbum, Mrs. Jane Louisville 

Asbury, John L Oklahoma 

Ashby, Harvey W Virginia 

Ashford, Ms. Dora North Alabama 

Atkinson, George H California-Nevada 

Aughinbaugh, Harry E. (E) Eastern Pennsylvania 

Bailen, Esperanza B Northwest Philippines 

Bailey, Kathleen C Kansas East 

Bailey, Paul C. (E) Virginia 

Bailey, Paul C East Ohio 

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Bailey, Wilfred M North Texas 

Baker, David W Peninsula 

Baker, E. Dorothy M West Ohio 

Ballard, Beulah W West Ohio 

Ballard, Frank I North Carolina 

Bamsey, Alfred T Detroit 

Bane, Mrs. Ruby (2) Central Texas 

Banez, C. Ruben Northern Philippines 

Banks, Steve (6) North Carolina 

Barber, James L Rocky Mountain 

Barber, Jeff North Georgia 

Barker, Paul Missouri West 

Barnes, William L Tennessee 

Barron, Jose California-Nevada 

Barrow, Emmitt C Texas 

Barton, Roy D Rio Grande 

Bass, F. Kaye North Indiana 

Bastain, Mary L South Indiana 

Bates, Bonnie North Dakota 

Batt, Samuel (E) Northern Illinois 

Beal, Jim North Arkansas 

Bearden, Robert E. L North Arkansas 

Beck, Kenneth Minnesota 

Bedarbis, Mary L Northern New Jersey 

Bell, Wilmer V Baltimore 

Benitez, Juan Ri Northern Philippines 

Bennett, Charles B Kansas East 

Bennett, Vernon E. (E) West Virginia 

Bergland, John K. (E) West Ohio 

Bergw all, Jean North Indiana 

Berisford, Martin A., Jr West Virginia 

Bethea, Mary E Western North Carolina 

Betts, Charles F North Alabama 

Bhagat, Arvind R Gujarat 

Bickerton, James R West Virginia 

Bideaux, Rene Southern New England 

Billingsley, Mrs. T. E Virginia 

Bishop, Bemice (E) (2) Western Pennsylvania 

Bishop, Bruce H. (E) Western Pennsylvania 

Bishop, William E Baltimore 

Black, FeUx North Mississippi 

Black, Mrs. Jane (10) Missouri West 

Blackburn, A. B., Jr Florida 

Blaha, Wesley E Western Pennsylvania 

Blair, Eleanor Oregon-Idaho 

Blair, Seaborne North Carolina 

Blanchard, Hubert M Louisiana 

Blankenship, H. F Tennessee 

Blansett, Harry B. (E) Western Pennsylvania 

Blanton, R. Fisher Oklahoma 

Bledsoe, Robert D Florida 

Blickenstaff, Thomas C. (E) Baltimore 

Bliven, Owen Western New York 

Boddie, Wyatt D Louisiana 

Bohmfalk, Stanley Southwest Texas 



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Boigegrain, Walter J Rocky Mountain 

Bolander, Robert C West Ohio 

Bond, Nye Nebraska 

Bondurant, Mrs. Lillian ; Holston 

Booker, J. Vemita Louisiana 

Boots, Nora Q New York 

Borradaile, Earl E Detroit 

Bowles, Paul D Oklahoma 

Bowyer, Bonnie (E) West Virginia 

Boyd, Dawn Western Pennsylvania 

Boyer, Gene (E) East Ohio 

Boynton, Mary (E) Northern Illinois 

Bradley, Cecil E Alabama- West Florida 

Bramlett, Sam C Texas 

Brand, Gene North Arkansas 

Branscomb, Ms. Louise North Alabama 

Brantley, Mrs. Joyce South Carolina 

Branton, Louis R Louisiana 

Breland, A. Dan (2) Mississippi 

Brewer, Otho G Peninsula 

Briggs, Theodore W Peninsula 

Brooks, John C North Carolina 

Broome, Allan R South Carolina 

Brown, AUen L Louisiana 

Brown, Candice Southern New England 

Brown, Walter P East Ohio 

Brown, William Oklahoma 

Brubaker, John D. (E) Central Pennsylvania 

Brushett, Donald A Troy 

Bryan, Bill L. (E) Northern Illinois 

Buchanan, John East Ohio 

Buchleiter, Mildred I New Mexico 

Buckingham, Harold C New York 

Buell, Harold E Florida 

Buffington, Arthur C Nebraska 

Buhler, Don Southern California- Arizona 

Buhrman, Doris Florida 

Buresova, Mrs. Marta Czechoslovakia 

Burke, Harold G West Virginia 

Burket, Marjorie Central Pennsylvania 

Bumey, Harry L., Jr Florida 

Bums, Alden B West Michigan 

Burrous, Anita J North Indiana 

Burton, John M Western North Carolina 

Butler, Avery East Ohio 

Butler, J. Weldon Northwest Texas 

Butler, Phyllis P Baltimore 

Butts, Harold Alabama- West Florida 

Buxton, Leonard S. (E) New York 

Caffrey, William D Western North Carolina 

Cajiuat, Toribio C Philippines 

Calbert, Love C Louisville 

Camp, Mrs. Lacy North Georgia 

Campbell, J. Gary Southern New England 



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Carr, Marvin H. Ill West Virginia 

Carrington, John E New York 

Carroll, B. F Central Texas 

Carver, Donald L Iowa 

Casey, Robert T Virginia 

Cash, Richard L Florida 

Catlin, Dale (E) Central Illinois 

Chamberlain, Betty (Mrs. Robert) (E) Wisconsin 

Chang, Jonah J California-Nevada 

Charles, John A Lucknow 

Chatterjee, Abhinash Chander Delhi 

Chawhan, Jayanand I Gujarat 

Chen, Peter F Southern California-Arizona 

Chester, Milton R New Mexico 

Chiles, Charles E Virginia 

Chisholm, Walter (E) East Ohio 

Chitnis, Vinu W Gujarat 

Choi, Charles W Southern California-Arizona 

Chow, W. Jing West Ohio 

Chowhan, Stanish K Gujarat 

Churchhill, Kelly Wisconsin 

Clark, Donald J Detroit 

Clark, Lambuth M Virginia 

Clarke, Wesley West Ohio 

Clayburg, Margaret Iowa 

Clayton, William R. (E) South Indiana 

Clem, Betty J. (E) Virginia 

Clemow, Thomas A. II Wyoming 

Cleveland, Howard Alabama- West Florida 

Cleveland, Weyman R South Georgia 

Cochran, Harold T. (E) West Ohio 

Cockrill, Willard Louisville 

Coffin, Wayne W Oklahoma 

Coker, Sam H North Georgia 

Cole, Calvin H. (E) Central Pennsylvania 

Cole, Mrs. Lillie B Memphis 

ColescoU, Ted Minnesota 

Collett, Samuel E Southern California-Arizona 

Collins, John A New York 

Collins, Mabel E New York 

Cooke, George W Western New York 

Cooke, Jack Louisiana 

Cooper, Herbert W North Indiana 

Cooper, Mildred Virginia 

Corbin, J. Wesley (E) Wisconsin 

Corey, Russell Northern Illinois 

Cornelius, Mrs. Doris Western North Carolina 

Corry, John G Tennessee 

Cotto-Thomer, Alfredo New York 

Crabtree, H. Glenn (E) West Ohio 

Crandall, J. Roland Iowa 

Crawford, Bea Southern California-Arizona 

Crawford, Mrs. Mary Texas 

Crouch, Edward East Ohio 

Crouch, William C North Texas 



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Crowell, Robert Northwest Texas 

Cuff, G. Wayne Peninsula 

Cunningham, Molly E California-Nevada 

Curl, W. E North Alabama 

Curry, James S Louisville 

Cutshall, Robert M Southern California- Arizona 

Dahnke, Mrs. Juanita Central Texas 

Dale, Barbara Iowa 

Daniel, Mrs. Mary North Georgia 

Darnell, James W Central Texas 

Dass, John B Bombay 

Daughtery, Robert M. (E) Eastern Pennsylvania 

Daughtery, V. L., Jr South Georgia 

Dauner, Frank A. (E) Wisconsin 

Davenport, Mrs. E. T Little Rock 

David, Mrs. Anna Denmark 

David, Nirmal Lucknow 

Davidson, Barney L North Carolina 

Davis, Elwood Southern New Jersey 

Davis, Hooker D Southern New Jersey 

Davis, Isaac M., Sr Liberia 

Davis, Jacob West Ohio 

Davis, W. C North Alabama 

Decker, Clyde Virginia 

Dees, David P Central Illinois 

Deiss, Werner (E) Southwest Germany 

Dell, Roosevelt, Jr Florida 

Dement, Frank E., Jr Mississippi 

Deming, J. Roy Wisconsin 

Deneke, M. D North Arkansas 

DesAutels, William W West Michigan 

Dice, Howard Northern New York 

Dicken, John R North Indiana 

Dickerson, Adolphus S North Georgia 

Dickson, N. A Mississippi 

Diggs, Edwin J Memphis 

Dillard, Frederick D., Jr Virginia 

Dixon, William Edge West Ohio 

Djundu, Lungi P Central Zaire 

Dodder, Robert T Iowa 

Dodge, Carlton (E) Eastern Pennsylvania 

Doggett, Carroll A., Jr Baltimore 

Doggett, John N., Jr Missouri East 

Doliber, Harlow T Northern New York 

Dolliver, James M Pacific Northwest 

Dominick, Frank North Alabama 

Donner, James Western Pennsylvania 

Dorsey, Harold W Kentucky 

Dowell, Jean Minnesota 

Doyle, C. Donald, Sr New York 

Doyle, Mrs. Louise Western North Carolina 

Doyle, Penny California-Nevada 

Drake, Richard East Ohio 

Drees-Lehman, Elizabeth Northern Illinois 



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Duke, Charles D Mississippi 

Dunlap, Catherine East Ohio 

Dunlap, E. Dale Kansas West 

Dunn, Merle (E) Minnesota 

Dunn, Irene R West Ohio 

Dunnam, Spurgeon M. Ill North Texas 

Durham, Walter T Tennessee 

Dutta, Barun Bengal 

Easley, Sarah R. (E) South Indiana 

Eaton, Al Wyoming 

Edmonds, Claude A Eastern Pennsylvania 

Edwards, Esther E. (E) South Indiana 

Edwards, John P North Carolina 

Edwards, Lisa North Mississippi 

Edwards, Miss S South India 

Eldridge, Edgar A Holston 

Ellington, William D Pacific Northwest 

Ellis, Carolyn South Indiana 

Ellis, L. Donald Western North Carolina 

Ellis, Othello Northern lUinois 

Ellis, S. Blake Maine 

Els, Albrecht (E) Southwest Germany 

Eisner, Rudolf Northwest Germany 

Emerson, Joe G South Indiana 

Emmert, Herman A. (E) West Ohio 

Emswiler, Sharon N Central Illinois 

Engel, Robert Iowa 

Engelhardt, Christian L New York 

Ensminger, J. Neal Holston 

Erwin, Richard C Western North Carohna 

Evans, Eddie Central Texas 

Evans, William S. II Memphis 

Evatt, Parker South Carolina 

Everhart, Frank B West Virginia 

Everhart, Lucille D West Virginia 

Eversley, John C New York 

Ewing, WiUiam K Louisville 

Facer, Catherine (E) Central New York 

Fagan, Harold Texas 

Fair, Edwin Oklahoma 

Faris, Richard B Virginia 

Farrell, Leighton K North Texas 

Featherston, R. Jack Oklahoma 

Felty, Beverly Virginia 

Ferguson, John C Northern Illinois 

Femandes, Domingos F Angola 

Figgs, Clyde P Virginia 

Finch, David M Southern New Jersey 

Fisher, Albert F North Carohna 

Fitzgerald, Ernest A Western North Carohna 

Flanagan, Hubert L North Georgia 

Fleet, Richard North Georgia 

Fletcher, T. R. , Sr Mississippi 



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Flores, Finees Northern Illinois 

Floumoy, Otis R North Alabama 

Floyd, Madge B Western Pennsylvania 

Floyd, William Alabama- West Florida 

Foote, Doris (Mrs. Harold) Wisconsin 

Forrest, Peggy (E) East Ohio 

Forsberg, Clarence J Nebraska 

Foster, James B West Ohio 

Franceschi, Francisco Puerto Rico 

Franklin, Denson N North Alabama 

Frank, John R. (E) Baltimore 

Franks, James S Holston 

Frazer, E. Eugene West Ohio 

Frazer, Ted, Jr Louisville 

Frazier, Clyde C, Jr Louisiana 

Freeman, Patrick (4) Kansas East 

Freeman, William C Virginia 

Freemyer, Pat Bennett (Mrs. Wes) North Arkansas 

French, Burton L Virginia 

Frevert, Albert W West Michigan 

Frey, John H Nebraska 

Gadia, Daniel E Mindanao 

Gaither, Marvin North Arkansas 

Galbraith, Dorothy E Northern New Jersey 

Gallaway, Ira Central lUinois 

Gard, Jean (Mrs. John) Missouri East 

Garibay, Limerio C Mindanao 

Garrick, Martha North Carolina 

Gattis, Irene F North Carolina 

Gausdal, Hans Norway 

Gebhart, Judith G. (E) West Ohio 

Gee, Mrs. Barbara Southwest Texas 

Geissbiihler, Theo (E) Switzerland-France 

Gerig, Carroll Missouri East 

Ghitalla, Jack P Central Illinois 

Gibbs, John R Southwest Texas 

Gibson, Jack M North Texas 

Gilbert, John C Southwest Texas 

Gilbert, Ron Oklahoma 

Giles, David A Troy 

Gilts, George E. (E) West Ohio 

Glass, Dorlis B North Texas 

Glass, George (E) Iowa 

Glazier, Lois B Wyoming 

Goddard, George Central Illinois 

Goff, Hardin A Florida 

Gohil, Theophil G Gujarat 

Gooch, John Missouri East 

Goode, H. Leonard Northern New Jersey 

Goodwin, B. C New Mexico 

Goodwin, Edith Florida 

Gordon, Betty S West Virginia 

Gordon, Harry M Wyoming 

Gordon, Jinny Central Illinois 



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Gordon, Robert W Missouri East 

Gorman, Fran S Central Pennsylvania 

Graham, Walter A. (10) Louisville 

Grant, John A., Jr. (E) Florida 

Grant, Raymond S., Jr Kansas East 

Grant, Robert E Northern New Jersey 

Grauberger, Bruce L. (E) Rocky Mountain 

Green, Dorothea S South Indiana 

Green, Mareyjoyce East Ohio 

Green, James R Holston 

Greene, Marjorie New York 

Greenhaw, Frank W North Texas 

Gribler, Maurice D. (E) (deceased) West Ohio 

Griffin, Karen J Central Illinois 

Grimes, Mrs. Effie Nell Southwest Texas 

Grossman, William B., Jr Western New York 

Gruen, Wayne Pacific Northwest 

Grumbein, Percy, Jr. (E) Southern California-Arizona 

Guinn, Chester L Iowa 

Gundlach, Mrs. Betty B Western New York 

Gustafson, M. North Georgia 

Haase, Becky Southern California-Arizona 

Hagan, Theodore Eastern Pennsylvania 

Hahn, RobeH (E) East Ohio 

Hahs, Billy G Southern Illinois 

Hall, Billy F Alabama-West Florida 

Hamby, Warren C North Alabama 

Hamilton, Beverly East Ohio 

Hamilton, Charles P Florida 

Hammersla, Edgar W Baltimore 

Hancock, Eugene H Iowa 

Hancock, Maurice M Peninsula 

Hann, Edwin F., Jr Southern New Jersey 

Hanna, Lois (E) Southern California-Arizona 

Hannah, Joseph (E) Baltimore 

Harada, David J Southern California- Arizona 

Harding, Richard E Southern New England 

Hargrove, B. Milton Northern New Jersey 

Harper, H. C Mississippi 

Harrington, Mrs. Eunice Nebraska 

Harris, Dale C Oregon-Idaho 

Harris, Jack D Kansas West 

Harshman, David T Southern California-Arizona 

Hart, William G Northern New York 

Hartmnnn, George West Michigan 

Hartsfield, Paul L Florida 

Hartz, Mrs. A. Paul Virginia 

Hassinger, Susan W.iE) Eastern Pennsylvania 

Hatch, Lee E Florida 

Hatch, Monroe C Florida 

Hawkins, Donald M West Ohio 

Hayes, Melvin (E) East Ohio 

Haygood, W. H Texas 

Haynes, Donald W Western North Carolina 



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Hayward, C. Douglas California-Nevada 

Heacock, Jack D Southwest Texas 

Heath, Paul H Iowa 

Heflin, James M Texas 

Heiser, Leslie W Central Illinois 

Heitzman, Eldon H Central Illinois 

Helms, Jewell (8) North Indiana 

Henderson, Cornelius L North Georgia 

Henderson, John Southern Illinois 

Hendryx, Donna Louisiana 

Hensley, Basil A West Virginia 

Herbert, Hu^h S Yellowstone 

Hernandez, Miguel, Jr Rio Grande 

Herr, Philip II Eastern Pennsylvania 

Herrmann, Erich (E) Southwest Germany 

Heslar, George W Missouri East 

Hess, John East Ohio 

Hicks, Granville A South Carolina 

Hierholzer, Elmer J Southwest Texas 

Hildreth, John Alabama- West Florida 

Hill, Floyd C Oregon-Idaho 

Hillis, J. Ralph North Arkansas 

Hilton, Roger E Holston 

Hilts, Mildred ^ Southern California- Arizona 

Hinson, William H South Georgia 

Hinzman, Parker L. (E) West Virginia 

Hipp, J. C South Carolina 

Hippel, George N Eastern Pennsylvania 

Hobson, Fred C Western North CaroHna 

Hodges, Joe D Texas 

Hoeftier, Lisa J New York 

Hogg, William East Ohio 

Hollis, Robert Southern Illinois 

Holm, Carl Sweden 

Hook, Eve North Dakota 

Hook, James S. (E) North Indiana 

Hopkins, Martin W Central Pennsylvania 

Horn, Russell, Sr Central Pennsylvania 

Houston, David C New York 

Houston, Jamie G., Jr North Mississippi 

Houston, Lawrence E., Jr South Georgia 

Howe, Clarice M Northern New Jersey 

Howe, Robert C Western Pennsylvania 

Howes, John B Central Pennsylvania 

Huffman, Velma Rocky Mountain 

Hughes, Harold H., Sr Virginia 

Hughes, Kathi Virginia 

Hughlett, William S Florida 

Hull, Evelyn B. (E) Western Pennsylvania 

Hull, Sam J North Mississippi 

Humphrey, L. A Texas 

Hundley, Fran Wisconsin 

Hunt, C. H Tennessee 

Hunt, Kenneth W West Ohio 



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Hunter, Duncan North Alabama 

Hyatt, Mrs. Marie Missouri West 

Ives, Jane P Maine 

lurig, James H. (E) Kansas West 

Jackson, James L North Georgia 

Jackson, Rhett South Carolina 

James, William E Louisville 

Janes, Noemi Rio Grande 

Jarvis, Wayne C North Arkansas 

Jenkins, E. E South Carolina 

Jenkins, H. James Oregon-Idaho 

Jerome, J. Emmett South Carolina 

Jimenez, Bienvenido J Northern Philippines 

Johns, Carol J Detroit 

Johnson, Mrs. Agnes B Holston 

Johnson, Carolyn E North Indiana 

Johnson, Mrs. Clara Southwest Texas 

Johnson, Nobia (Mrs. Hovk^ard) North Arkansas 

Johnson, Norman R South Georgia 

Johnson, Rhonda Western Pennsylvania 

Johnson, Shephard S Southern New England 

Joiner, Donald J. (E) Western Pennsylvania 

Jones, J. Karl Kansas West 

Jones, Mrs. Marion (1) South Carolina 

Jones, Norwood L North Carolina 

Jones, Phil M South Carolina 

Jorgensen, Niels Chr. (8) Denmark 

Joyner, Travis Lea Louisiana 

Kaatz, Torrey A. (E) (8) West Ohio 

Kahl, Norman Wisconsin 

Kalenga, Ngoi North Shaba 

Karstetter, Bruce R Central New York 

Kaseke, N Rhodesia 

Keck, Otto South Germany 

Keenan, lone Troy 

Keller, Charles W., Jr. (E) Central Pennsylvania 

Keller, Gloria (E) Central Pennsylvania 

Kellermann, Garfield H. (E) Detroit 

Kelley, Robert East Ohio 

Kelly, Harold R Western Pennsylvania 

Kemper, John Q Kentucky 

Kennaugh, John H. (E) West Michigan 

Kerber, Phil S Iowa 

Key, W. R South Georgia 

Kim, Thomas K Northwest Texas 

Kimbrough, Lloyd H. Alabama-West Florida 

Kimes, R. Robert West Ohio 

King, Arnold K. , Sr North Carolina 

King, Ms. Martha North Georgia 

Kinnard, W. Cannon Missouri East 

Kinnett, W. R South Carolina 

Kirk, Arthur R East Ohio 



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Kirkland, H. Bumham New York 

Kirkman, John W Southern California-Arizona 

Klein, Gertrude C Southern New Jersey 

Knight, Deborah S Oklahoma 

Knisley, Roger (E) Eastern Pennsylvania 

Knudsen, Harold C Rocky Mountain 

Kopp, Lamar W. (E) Baltimore 

Kotiah, Mallela J Hyderabad 

Krause, Gerald A Wisconsin 

Krupke, Carroll W. (E) Pacific Northwest 

Kruse, Lowen V Nebraska 

Kuhler, Warren South Dakota 

Kull, Erich Switzerland-France 

Kumm, Kurt Southwest Germany 

Kurth, Dwight D. (E) Missouri West 

Kus, Jan Poland 

Kyst, Erik (10) Denmark 

Lai, James Delhi 

Lai, Mohan Bengal 

Lamb, Mrs. Susan Memphis 

Lambert, Kenneth M Texas 

Landrum, Roy C. , Jr North Georgia 

Landwehr, Arthur J Northern Illinois 

Langer, Horst (E) German Democratic Republic 

Langston, D. Glen Virginia 

Lasley, Virginia (Mrs. Ralph) Missouri East 

LaSu£r, Donald F North Indiana 

Lawler, Larry L Central Illinois 

Lawson, Sam (E) Red Bird Missionary 

Leach, Robert B. (E) Western New York 

Leaming, James M Nebraska 

Lee, Vernon L., Jr Central New York 

Leighton, Mildred L. (E) Central Illinois 

Lembke, Glen Southwest Texas 

Lemke, Richard A. (E) Western New York 

Lewis, Edward B Baltimore 

Lewis, W. R North Alabama 

Leys, James J West Michigan 

Lichauco, Mrs. Maria Northwest Phillippines 

Lightner, George S Virginia 

Lind, Mrs. Birgit (2) Sweden 

Lindell, Rolf Sweden 

Lindgren, Alvin J Wisconsin 

Lindquist, Harold V. (E) Western Pennsylvania 

Lindsey, Jane Southern California-Arizona 

Lindsey, Julian A Western North Carolina 

Linhoss, John C. (E) Virginia 

Lirley, Stephen W Southern Illinois 

Litton, James R Kentucky 

Litwin, Shirley New York 

Locher, Donald R Southern California-Arizona 

Long, A. Lewis (E) Central Illinois 

Long, Noah Oklahoma Indian Missionary 

Loud, Ira B North Texas 



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Love, John L Central New York 

Lowder, John A Western North Carolina 

Lowe, Mrs. Wanda J Oklahoma Indian Missionary 

Luff, William G Eastern Pennsylvania 

Lundy, Robert F Holston 

Luton, Mrs. 0. S. (6) Tennessee 

Lyght, Ernest S Southern New Jersey 

Lyons, Judith East Ohio 

MacArthur, Walter A Pacific Northwest 

McBrayer, O.A Northwest Texas 

McBride, Patrick W Florida 

McCall, Kenneth A Missouri West 

McCallum, Marvin H Detroit 

McCarty, Walter South Dakota 

McCartney, William East Ohio 

McDonald, Ted Southwest Texas 

McElvaney, William K Missouri West 

McFarland, Paul M Virginia 

McFarlane, Robert Yellowstone 

McGee, Lindbergh Rocky Mountain 

McGee, Robert L West Ohio 

McGalliard, Don (E) Oregon-Idaho 

McGowan, Elizabeth Louisiana 

McGrew, Mrs. Mary Texas 

Mcintosh, Hilda Kansas East 

Mackay, Donald M Florida 

McKenzie, George R North CaroUna 

McKinney, Gordon North Alabama 

McKinnie, E. Wesley Memphis 

McKinstry, Ms. Sylvia Texas 

Macwan, Daniel D Gujarat 

Madden, Mrs. John (E) Tennessee 

Major, James E Little Rock 

Manifold, Orrin A North Indiana 

Marcellus, Cecil H., Jr Western North Carolina 

Marconi, Mr. Henryk Poland 

Marks, Robert (E) West Virginia 

Marlowe, H. Leroy (E) Central Pennsylvania 

Marsh, Jeff Missouri East 

MarshaU, Carolyn South Indiana 

Masih, Komal Moradabad 

Mason, Joseph A Central Illinois 

Massey, Herbert E West Ohio 

Massie, W. Hugh Western North Carolina 

Massuque, Filimone M Southeast Africa 

Matlack, Don Kansas West 

Matlack, Neil A Kansas West 

Matthaei, Paul Kansas West 

Matthew, Glenn E Kansas West 

Matthews, Henry M Virginia 

Matthis, Leon C Texas 

Mawokomatanda, Isaac Mapipi Rhodesia 

Maxwell, Cecil East Ohio 

May, Mary North Texas 



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Mayfield, James L Southwest Texas 

Mays, Avery North Texas 

Meadows, William A Florida 

Meier, H. F., Jr Central Texas 

Meier, Mrs. Jean Central Texas 

Mellgren, Wesley (E) Minnesota 

Mendoza, Acer M Middle Philippines 

Menking, Stanley J Southern New Jersey 

Meredith, Victor K Central Pennsylvania 

Merz, Alfred (E) Switzerland-France 

Meuschke, Paul J Western Pennsylvania 

Michael, Raj K Agra 

Michelmann, Heinrich Southwest Germany 

Middleton, Sam South Carolina 

Middleton, Wayne B. (E) Detroit 

Miguel, Julio J Angola 

Miles, Denver L. (E) West Virginia 

Miles, John P Little Rock 

Miles, Michael D North Alabama 

Miller, G. Jackson Central Pennsylvania 

Miller, Glen Oklahoma 

Miller, Isaac Western North Carolina 

Miller, James H., Jr North Carolina 

Miller, Levi B., Jr Baltimore 

Miller, Nathaniel L Peninsula 

Miller, W. Jene Oklahoma 

Mills, Ardilla (E) Yellowstone 

Mischke, Walter E., Jr Memphis 

Mitchell, Berynce Southern New England 

Mitchell, Earl D., Jr Oklahoma 

Mitchem, Howard J Iowa 

Mitchem, Lucille Iowa 

Modisher, Donald E Western New York 

Moeller, Romane G. (E) Rocky Mountain 

Mohrmann, Werner (E) Northwest Germany 

Momberg, Paul B West Ohio 

Monbarren, Thehna East Ohio 

Montfort, Russell T Western North Carolina 

Moore, Alice P Southern New Jersey 

Moore, Charles North Alabama 

Moore, John K Iowa 

Moore, L. H North Carolina 

Moore, Leroy W Iowa 

Moorehead, Lee C Wisconsin 

Moreland, Byrl J., Jr Louisiana 

Morin, James F North Indiana 

Morlan, Darrell F North Indiana 

Morrison, Alice G Oregon-Idaho 

Moster, Rolf Norway 

Mott, Bernard E. (E) California- Nevada 

Munden, C. Ebb Nebraska 

Munung, Yav Southern Zaire 

Murphy, Richard South Carolina 

Murphy, William T South Indiana 



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Mutti, Albert F Missouri West 

Myers, Charles L South Indiana 

Nader, Sam Northwest Texas 

Nates, James H South Carolina 

Nease, Edgar H., Jr Western North Carolina 

Neely, Robert M Eastern Pennsylvania 

Neeley, Sam H. , Jr Holston 

Nejf, John W Maine 

Nesbitt, M. Wilson, Jr Western North Carolina 

Nesmith, Richard D Nebraska 

Netterville, G. Leon Louisiana 

Newman, Melvin D Virginia 

Newman, Rosalyn W West Michigan 

Nichols, Nancy J Iowa 

Nicholson, Mrs. Beverly Memphis 

Niner, Charles E Baltimore 

Nishikawa, George Y Southern California- Arizona 

Nollenberger, Paul South Germany 

Norman, Edward W Florida 

Norman, Marianne (7) (E) North Indiana 

North, Jack B Central lUinois 

Nunnally, Donald J. (E) Nebraska 

Odom, Warren G Central New York 

Ogden, John Central Texas 

Okit'Ukusa, Koy Central Zaire 

Olfermann, Karl-Alfred South Germany 

Olson, Charles L Kansas West 

Olson, George Minnesota 

Olson, Richard L North Indiana 

O'Neal, Marian Troy 

Orr, Helen Western Pennsylvania 

Orrick, L. C Texas 

Osbom, Chester L Kansas West 

Ott, Donald A Wisconsin 

Owen, Raymond H Oklahoma 

Page, Carlos C West Michigan 

Page, Mildred D West Michigan 

Page, S. Covey Oklahoma 

Parker, Robert P Virginia 

Parmar, Chandrakant J Gujarat 

Parmar, Shanthu K Madhya Pradesh 

Parrish, C. Julian Troy 

Partner, Ann C New Hampshire 

Pascual, Olivia S Philippines 

Patterson, Joyce Raye Missouri West 

Patton, L. D Northwest Texas 

Paulson, Delbert C Rocky Mountain 

Paxton, Jim R Texas 

Pearce, Charles W Florida 

Pearson, C. Dade Florida 

Peck, David W West Virginia 

Peck, Ora B Memphis 



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Pembroke, Maceo D Northern Illinois 

Penner, Merritt D. , Jr. (E) Red Bird Missionary 

Perkins, Brett W Peninsula 

Perry, Barbara P Kentucky 

Perry, Hilda M Baltimore 

Peter, Mamidi S Hyderabad 

Peterson, Will J South Georgia 

Pfaltzgraff, Paul O. (E) Iowa 

Pfaltzgraff, Richard C. (E) Iowa 

Phillips, J. D Central Texas 

PhiUips, J. D North Alabama 

Phillips, J. Taylor South Georgia 

Phillips, Randall C Southern California-Arizona 

Pickens, Jim T Northwest Texas 

Pitcher, Dale E Central Illinois 

Pitcher, Philip N Wyoming 

Pittenger, Richard D South Dakota 

Pittmxin, Warren E Mississippi 

Pitts, Lowan Peninsula 

Pohly, Gerald A. (E) West Michigan 

Pool, Richard South Carolina 

Pope, H. D Texas 

Potter, Thomas K Tennessee 

Powell, Blanche R Baltimore 

Powell, Lenton H South Georgia 

Powers, Jeanne Audrey Minnesota 

Presley, LP North Mississippi 

Price, James S. , Jr Western North Carolina 

Price, Polly New Mexico 

Price, Robert R. . . ! Oklahoma 

Prince, Frank H North Georgia 

Quickel, Olive (E) Eastern Pennsylvania 

Rajan, B. M Moradabad 

Ram, Silas Madhya Pradesh 

Rand, Hazel Maine 

Randolph, Allen H. L Louisville 

Randolph, W. B Texas 

Rankin, Victor L Florida 

Ransom, E. C North Texas 

Rasmussen, Pout Denmark 

Ravenhorst, Henry L Virginia 

Reavis, Dean Western North Carolina 

Redstone, Ray Florida 

Reed, AlbeH L West Ohio 

Reed, David L Central Pennsylvania 

Releford, Mrs. Helen Northwest Texas 

Reynolds, H. Robert South Carolina 

Reynolds, Paul C Western Pennsylvania 

Rhea, Clarence F North Alabama 

Rhodes, Arnold A. (E) Western Pennsylvania 

Rice, George E South Indiana 

Rice, R. G Texas 

Rice, Spencer South Carolina 



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Richards, Romaine ^ Mississippi 

Richardson, Mrs. Eleanor North Georgia 

Richardson, John W Memphis 

Richer, Benjamin (E) West Ohio 

Richer, George M Southwest Texas 

Riedel, Gerhard German Democratic Republic 

Rife, Carl fi. (E) Baltimore 

Riley, Jack Central Texas 

Riley, James L Texas 

Rinehardt, Mrs. Joetta D Western North CaroUna 

Rinehart, Halsey (E) Wisconsin 

Riskedal, Kenneth Northern Illinois 

Ritchey, William H Pacific Northwest 

Ritt, William T., Jr. (E) Southern New Jersey 

Ritter, Joy Iowa 

Ritter, Ralph M. (E) Central Pennsylvania 

Rivera, Marie Northern New Jersey 

Rivers, Mrs. J. R South Georgia 

Rixse, John H., Jr Virginia 

Roach, Joan G Baltimore 

Robfnns, Wilmer B Holston 

Roberson, David Minnesota 

Roberts, Adrian J Kentucky 

Roberts, James Z Texas 

Robertson, Vemard E South Georgia 

Robinson, Albert East Ohio 

Robinson, Joyce (E) Southern New England 

Robinson, Mary Margaret Central New York 

Robinson, William T Detroit 

Rodriguez, Dan Rio Grande 

Rogers, Carlton C Northern Illinois 

Rogers, Cornish R Southern California-Arizona 

Rogers, June L. (E) West Virginia 

Rohrbaugh, Laveme E. (E) Baltimore 

Rooks, John J Florida 

Ross, Betty J. (E) West Ohio 

Rote, G. Eugene (E) Western Pennsylvania 

Roughton, William W Florida 

Roy, William R Kansas East 

Rtmch, Susan W. N South Indiana 

Rucker, Israel L North Mississippi 

Rudy, Doris Northern Illinois 

Rushton, Marilynn M Wisconsin 

Russell, E. Arthur (E) Louisville 

Russell, John W. (E) Western Pennsylvania 

Sadler, Edna J West Ohio 

Sageser, David B West Ohio 

Sain, Doris Detroit 

Sales, Phillip N Western North Carolina 

Sampasa, Nshid Southern Zaire 

Sample, Frederick P. (E) Eastern Pennsylvania 

Sample, Tex S Missouri West 

Samuel, K South India 

Sanchez, Gildo Puerto Rico 



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Sander, Harvey South Dakota 

Sanders, Maynard B New Mexico 

Sapp, Florence L Florida 

Sasaki, James K Southern California- Arizona 

Saunders, Winston A Troy 

Saxe, Jay A Central Pennsylvania 

Scales, Roland T Texas 

Schalow, Diether Northwest Germany 

Scheuermann, Martin (E) Southwest Germany 

Scheve, Margaret E Rocky Mountain 

Schilling, Marvin A Wisconsin 

Schimmel, Harrie G Eastern Pennsylvania 

Schlechte, Erhard (E) German Democratic Republic 

Schmidt, Mrs. C. V Texas 

Schneeberger, Vilem Czechoslovakia 

Schneider, James (E) Minnesota 

Schofield, Curtis R Holston 

Schrading, Paul E Western Pennsylvania 

Schroeder, Harry German Democratic Republic 

Schwab, KenndaU D. (E) Nebraska 

Schwaiger, Walter (E) South Germany 

Searcy, Marion Southern Illinois 

Searle, Elizabeth New York 

Sease, Gene E. (E) Western Pennsylvania 

Secrest, Halleck East Ohio 

Seeley, Wilbur S. (E) Wyoming 

Seifert, Lois Southern California- Arizona 

Severe, David L Oklahoma 

Shaffer, Frank L., Jr West Virginia 

Shaner, Harry E California-Nevada 

Shannon, Charles E Western North Carolina 

Sharp, Francis Kansas East 

Sharp, William A Eastern Pennsylvania 

Shaw, Inder A North India 

Shaw, Mrs. Jennings Little Rock 

Sheets, Herchel H North Georgia 

Sheldon, Frank E West Michigan 

Sheldon, Mark L Central lUinois 

Shelnutt, Dumas B North Georgia 

Shepherd, Miss Syd South Georgia 

Shepherd, William M Little Rock 

Sherrill, Marion J North Georgia 

Shields, Joseph W. (10) West Ohio 

Shinn, Ridgway F., Jr Southern New England 

Shipley, Anthony J Detroit 

Shipps, Hammell P Southern New Jersey 

Shivers, Russell Southern New Jersey 

Shockley, Edith M Peninsula 

Shockley, Olin J Peninsula 

Shoultz, Jack W Texas 

Siegfried, Peter Switzerland-France 

Sigler, Richard O Alabama- West Florida 

Sills, John R Western North Carolina 

Simmons, Dimpson W Memphis 

Simmons, Eldon Florida 



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Simmons, Howard B Holston 

Singh, Baldeo Agra 

Singh, Harsh D North India 

Singh, Joseph Gujarat 

Sink, Sam B West Virginia 

Slider, William W Louisville 

Smallwood, Louise M Baltimore 

Smith, Eugene L Northern New Jersey 

Smith, F. Oscar, Jr South Carolina 

Smith, J. Castro (E) Holston 

Smith, Jack E Kansas West 

Smith, Mrs. James E Western North Carolina 

Smith, James L New Hampshire 

Smith, Jody Iowa 

Smith, Norbert W Detroit 

Smith, Robert Southern CaUfomia-Arizona 

Smith, Robert M Western North Carolina 

Smith, William I., Jr Oklahoma 

Sneed, James H. , Jr South Georgia 

Snow, M. Lawrence New York 

Snyder, Robert East Ohio 

Snyder, Sydney G California-Nevada 

Solomon, Dan E Southwest Texas 

Soxman, Lee F., Jr Missouri West 

Spahr, Sherry Rocky Mountain 

Spears, Wright South Carolina 

Speer, Fritz Southwest Germany 

Spencer, Lester H Alabama- West Florida 

Spieth, Sharon East Ohio 

Spitnale, Howard P West Ohio 

Sponsler, Melvin G. Jr. (E) Eastern Pennsylvania 

Springman, Thomas R. (E) Central Pennsylvania 

Stambach, Paul E. (E) Central Pennsylvania 

Stamey, Mrs. Robert H Western North Carolina 

Stanger, Frank B Southern New Jersey 

Stanley, Robert A Southern California-Arizona 

Stansbury, William E Baltimore 

Stapleton, John M South Carolina 

Starbuck, Joseph East Ohio 

Stark, Rufus H., II North Carolina 

Stames, Paul M Holston 

Stames, Thomas C Baltimore 

Steach, Ruth L Pacific Northwest 

Steadman, Harry V Holston 

Stemme, Sue Minnesota 

Stephens, Phill L North Indiana 

Stephenson, Sheldon B Central New York 

Stewart, M. Buren New Mexico 

Stewart, Mark Alabama- West Florida 

Stewart, Mrs. Mary Jane (E) Nebraska 

Stockton, Thomas B Western North Carolina 

Stockton, Wendell H North Mississippi 

Stone, Jim Memphis 

Stone, Ms. Louise Alabama- West Florida 

StovaU, Mrs. Willie C North Mississippi 



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Streeter, Gladys P. (E) Kansas East 

Strong, Donald T West Michigan 

Strong, Evelyn L Detroit 

Stuart, Farley E. Ill Kentucky 

Suarez, Reynaldo L Middle Philippines 

Sugden, Mrs. Roberta Nebraska 

Summerour, William F Pacific Northwest 

Sun, Peter Y. K New York 

Sundin, Faye (E) North Dakota 

Swaim, Betty Kansas West 

Sweat, J. Marvin, Jr Florida 

Takamine, Mary E Rocky Mountain 

Talbott, Norbert L South Indiana 

Tanner, Mattie North Texas 

Tarver, Russell E South Dakota 

Tarvin, Robert Southern Illinois 

Taylor, Jo California-Nevada 

Taylor, Thomas East Ohio 

Taylor, Wendell P. C Mississippi 

Teckmeyer, Charles Western Pennsylvania 

Teer, Lila B Southern Illinois 

Teeter, Bonner E Oklahoma 

Temple, A. L Southern California-Arizona 

Templeton, Robert M New Mexico 

Terpenning, Mrs. Mary Northern New York 

Terwilliger, Edith R Central Illinois 

Tholin, Phyllis (E) Northern Illinois 

Thom,as, Edward R Louisiana 

Thomas, Edwin C Peninsula 

Thomas, Glenda C California-Nevada 

Thomas, Jack K. (E) North Indiana 

Thomasson, Mrs. Ruth C North Texas 

Thompson, Elmer A Virginia 

Thompson, Frank Little Rock 

Thompson, Glen (E) Iowa 

Thompson, James N North Georgia 

Thompson, Lionel E Detroit 

Thorns, Inagrace Iowa 

Thomburg, Richard A New York 

Thornburg, Robert W Central Illinois 

Thornton, B. I South Georgia 

TimberlaJce, Richard H Holston 

Tisdale, Mrs. Inez S Florida 

Tomlin, William H Tennessee 

Tompkins, Ruth West Ohio 

Totten, Bonnie Central New York 

Totten, Harold A. (E) Kansas West 

Townes, Ross E. (7) North Carolina 

Townsend, John S New Mexico 

Townshend, Jack Alaska Missionary 

Treece, Lillian (E) Western Pennsylvania 

Trotter, F. Thomas Southern California-Arizona 

Troy, Mrs. Jean (8) Holston 

Trudeau, Mrs. Danita Alaska Missionary 



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Tubb, John B Louisiana 

Tucker, A. Arthur (E) West Virginia 

Turkington, Charles G Kentucky 

Turner, George Tennessee 

Turner, Paul Northern Illinois 

Tyler, Charles A South Indiana 

Typer, Donald M Iowa 

Tyree, E. Ceasus Kansas West 

Tyson, Kenneth A Baltimore 

Tyson, Marvin D North Carolina 

Tyson, Vernon C North Carolina 

Uppinghouse, Dorenne Oregon-Idaho 

Vance, Linda L. (E) Northern New Jersey 

Vandenburg, Paul D Baltimore 

Vanderbilt, Chester Troy 

VanDyck, Frank H., Jr Virginia 

Van Stone, Jack N South Indiana 

Vantine, Donald A Virginia 

Van Zant, Lucille V Oklahoma 

Vieth, Howard (E) Wisconsin 

Villines, Floyd G., Jr North Arkansas 

Vineyard, Mrs. Joanne W Western New York 

Vining, Ken North Georgia 

Vinluan, Victor C Northwest Philippines 

Voigt, Karl-Heinz Northwest Germany 

Wagner, John C West Ohio 

Waite, Alvis A., Jr South Georgia 

Walker, James Southwest Texas 

Walker, John F Little Rock 

Walker, M. E Iowa 

Walker, Richard J Alabama-West Florida 

Walker, Velma Minnesota 

Wallace, William L., Jr North Mississippi 

Wallmeroth, Erich Southwest Germany 

Walters, Scott Wisconsin 

Wa Nkuni, Mutombo North Shaba 

Ward, Donald L Iowa 

Ward, Robert P Detroit 

Ware, Margaret West Ohio 

Ware, Virgil H West Virginia 

Washington, William Joseph North Texas 

Watkins, Readus J New York 

Watkins, Royal B Virginia 

Watt, George Jr Northern New Jersey 

Waymire, Dale Oklahoma 

Weaver, Dorothy (E) Eastern Pennsylvania 

Weaver, Mary M West Ohio 

Weaver, Stacy, Jr North Carolina 

Weaver, Welcome I North Indiana 

Webb, J. Ellis Iowa 

Wedar, Torsten E. V Sweden 

Wegner, Ruth E Northern Illinois 



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Weigel, Charles E., Jr. (E) Eastern Pennsylvania 

Weirbach, Robert B Southern California-Arizona 

Wells, Cathy (9) Mississippi 

Wert, Newell J. (E) West Ohio 

Wesley, Ralph G Kentucky 

West, C. Eugene Florida 

West, Melvin E Missouri West 

Westphal, Roy Detroit 

Whitaker, George South Carolina 

White, David L. , Jr South Indiana 

White, E. McKinnon Southern New England 

White, Gwendolyn R Southern New England 

White, Raymon E Holston 

Whitehead, Claude W North Alabama 

Whitenack, Weldon A Iowa 

Whiting, Thomas A North Georgia 

Whitmore, Austin R West Ohio 

Whittle, Paul Northern Illinois 

Wilcoxon, Francis M. (E) South Indiana 

Wilder, Ms. Melody North Georgia 

Wiley, Carl L. (E) West Ohio 

Wilkening, Walter (5) Missouri East 

Wilkey, John C Central Illinois 

Willdns, Margaret Northern Illinois 

Williams, Harley M Western North CaroUna 

Williams, J. C North Indiana 

Williams, Willard A Western New York 

Willis, W. Henry III Holston 

Wilson, Charles E., Jr North Georgia 

Wilson, Earl North Georgia 

Wilson, Earl Missouri East 

Wilson, Harold H. (E) North Indiana 

Wilson, Hilary B Liberia 

Wilson, Ira (E) Southern Illinois 

Wilson, Lois Southern New England 

Winberry, Herman S North Carolina 

Windom, R. Neal North Georgia 

Winne, Don W California-Nevada 

Wood, F. Emerson West Virginia 

Wood, Paul A. , Jr South Carolina 

Woodall, Alex H North Alabama 

Woods, William F. (E) Central Pennsylvania 

Woody, Nelson C Holston 

Woolridge, Eugene R., Jr Virginia 

Womer, Robert (E) North Dakota 

Worthington, Mrs. Harley Central Pennsylvania 

Wright, David (E) East Ohio 

Wright, Harold B Baltimore 

Wright, J. Howard Western Pennsylvania 

Wright, Lloyd M South Indiana 

Wright, M. Max (E) Kansas East 

Wright, Mrs. Nevolia South Georgia 

Wu, Shirley North Dakota 

Wyckoff, Aloha M Pacific Northwest 



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Yancey, Charles L Memphis 

Yeilding, Manly North Alabama 

Yocom, Donald R West Ohio 

York, Kenneth E Missouri West 

Yoshina, Shizue California-Nevada 

Young, Harry E Iowa 

Young, Robert T Western North Carolina 

Yow, Rebecca Virginia 

Zdk, Vladislav A Czechoslovakia 

Zeigler, Charles H Baltimore 

Zimmer, John A ; Southern California- Arizona 

Zimmerman, Elwood C Central Pennsylvania 

Zimmerman, Marti S Rocky Mountain 

Zimmerman, Paton M Detroit 

Zook, Merle A Nebraska 



STANDING 
LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEES 

No. 1 
CHURCH AND SOCIETY 

To this committee shall be referred all petitions and resolutions relating to The 
Book of Discipline, Part III, Pars. 71-77 and 954-80. 

Suggested subcommittees, if desired: (a) General Welfare; (b) World Peace; (c) 
Human Relations; (d) Emerging Social Issues. 

Place of Meeting: Room 26, Assembly Hall 

Chairperson — John E. Stumbo (Kansas East) 
Vice-Chairperson — Carolyn Oehler (Northern Illinois) 
Secretary — Lester L. Moore (Iowa) 

Members 

Albright, Mark (E) Eastern Pennsylvania 

Ammons, Edsel A Northern Illinois 

Bailey, Doreen Central Pennsylvania 

Baker, Sandra (E) Virginia 

Barger, Mrs. Jeanne D Western New York 

Barnhardt, Mrs. Lurleen G Western North Carolina 

Barrow, Mrs. Opal Alabama-West Florida 

Blackstone, Franklin, Jr Western Pennsylvania 

Bristah, James W Detroit 

Bryan, Monk Missouri East 

Burdine, Richard T. (E) Southern California-Arizona 

Cannon, Ralph A South Carolina 

Carpenter, Robert B. , Jr Virginia 

Chittum, John East Ohio 

Clay, Henry, Jr Mississippi 

Cox, Sara E West Ohio 

Crosby, Wanda R. (E) West Michigan 

Davis, James T West Ohio 

De Pano, Stanley P Pacific Northwest 

Dunlap, G. Alan Nebraska 

Egan, Jim A Oklahoma 

Faubion, Mrs. Maurice Texas 

Fetterman, Brian A Central Pennsylvania 

Fischer, Heinz P South Germany 

Fogle, Beth A Florida 

Ford, Floyd Tennessee 

Fry, Mildred North Carolina 

Fulbright, Homer H North Arkansas 

Galloway, Benedict A Louisiana 

Galyon, Steve Holston 

Gladstone, Houle S Hyderabad 

Goldman, K. June Iowa 

Goodgame, Gordon C Holston 

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Gordon, Prentiss M., Sr North Mississippi 

Grove, William B Western Pennsylvania 

Guittard, Clarence A North Texas 

Hallman, Julieanne S Southern New England 

Harkness, Leonard Minnesota 

Henderson, Mattie M West Ohio 

Henton, Jack H Memphis 

Hodapp, Leroy C South Indiana 

Hundley, George North Alabama 

Huston, Ralph B Florida 

Hutchinson, Orion N., Jr Western North Carolina 

Jones, Mrs. Marion South Carolina 

Jordon, Louis South Georgia 

Kennedy, Anna F Central Illinois 

Kerr, Charles S Eastern Pennsylvania 

Kirkwood, William C New York 

Kreager, Max W Iowa 

Lanning, Dean A Northern New Jersey 

Lavery, Barbara W Baltimore 

Lewis, William B Southern Illinois 

Love, Elza L Texas 

Luciani, Janet Detroit 

Lugo, Michael Southern California-Arizona 

McDermott, George W North Indiana 

Mahon, Eldon B Central Texas 

Mann, Robert L Central New York 

Meier, Wilma L. (E) Kansas West 

Melius, Arthur R Troy 

Moore, Lester L Iowa 

Myers, Calvin East Ohio 

O'Day, Ralph Peninsula 

Oehler, Carolyn (E) Northern Illinois 

Olson, Lois (E) Wisconsin 

Parker, Richard S New York 

Patch, Dorothy Oregon-Idaho 

Persons, William R Rocky Mountain 

Petteway, Warren B North Carolina 

Plourman, Howard L Oklahoma 

Pullen, Harry A., Jr Louisville 

Reavley, Tom Southwest Texas 

Revels, P. B Florida 

Rice, H. Dan North Georgia 

Riggin, Don L Little Rock 

Roberts, Ms. Marilyn North Georgia 

Rowlett, Martha G California-Nevada 

Schneidereit, Harry German Democratic Republic 

Seamands, David A Kentucky 

Smith, F. Rossing West Virginia 

Soiland, Gustav Norway 

Stevenson, Thomas F North Alabama 

Stumbo, John E Kansas East 

Sublette, Roy Alabama- West Florida 

Summers, James A Western North Carolina 

Sundin, Robert (E) North Dakota 

Tate, Godfrey L., Jr Virginia 



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Terwilliger, Mrs. Grace Wyoming 

Thomas, John J South Indiana 

Trice, William E North Texas 

Truitt, Richard O Wisconsin 

Tyler, Charles Northwest Texas 

Vandegriff, Paul M West Ohio 

Walker, E. C Missouri West 

Wolf, John D North Indiana 

Yingling, L. Carroll, Jr Baltimore 



No. 2 
CONFERENCES 

To this committee shall be referred all petitions and resolutions relating to The 
Book of Discipline, Pars. 747; 67; 601-70; 831-36; 1283; 1444. 

Suggested subcommittees, if desired: (a) General and Jurisdictional; (h) Annual 
and District; (c) Central and Missionary Conference, Missions, and AffiHated 
Autonomous Churches. 

Place of Meeting: Room 27, Assembly Hall. 

Chairperson— ;BrMce Blake (Kansas West) 
Vice-Chairperson — Reta Barto (Eastern Pennsylvania) 
Secretary — Floyd H. Cof&nan (Kansas East) 

Members 

Agbisit, Andrea A Mindanao 

Anderson, Rodney D Rocky Mountain 

Arthur, Donald R Iowa 

Ashema, Mukandu D Central Zaire 

Bahule, Andre N Southeast Africa 

Baker, Jane C West Ohio 

Baker, Leo L North Texas 

Bane, Mrs. Ruby Central Texas 

Barto, Reta Eastern Pennsylvania 

Beltran, Rodolfo C Middle Phihppines 

Benedyktouricz, Witold K Poland 

Beppler, Ronald Southern New Jersey 

Berry, George North Mississippi 

Bischoff, John W. (E) Red Bird Missionary 

Bishop, Bernice (E) Western Pennsylvania 

Blake, Bruce Kansas West 

Bond, R. H Memphis 

Bowers, Robert D Alaska Missionary 

Bozeman, W. Scott Florida 

Bray, Jerry G., Jr Virginia 

Breland, A. Dan Mississippi 

Broyles, J.E Tennessee 

Carlisle, Bob Oklahoma 

Charles, Samuel Agra 

Chidzikwe, Josiah Rhodesia 

Clymer, Betty (E) East Ohio 



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Coffman, Floyd H Kansas East 

Cooke, Raymond J Peninsula 

Cotton, W. D Louisiana 

Grain, Dight W Southern New England 

Crawford, Ray M. (E) South Indiana 

Deere, Mrs. Joann Oklahoma Indian Missionary 

Doe, David S Liberia 

Edgar, Charles E Central Pennsylvania 

Egger, Dams L Northwest Texas 

Fannings, Helen Northern Illinois 

Forehand, George H North Carolina 

Freites, Moises Puerto Rico 

Gardner, Robert W Kentucky 

Garza, Oscar 0. IV Rio Grande 

Gatdula, Balbino E., Jr Phihppines 

Geible, Merrell D. (E) North Indiana 

Gill, Rehmat Masih Bengal 

Goens, Ray W Texas 

Harris, Justin N Bombay 

Harris, William M Southwest Texas 

Hartman, Tom E Kansas West 

Hayward, Mrs. Rachel Central New York 

Hefley, Charles E North Indiana 

Heisel, Eldred B. (E) West Ohio 

Hernandez, Victoria Puerto Rico 

Hulit, Kenneth (E) East Ohio 

Jarvis, Charles S Northern Illinois 

Jayaprabhu, E South India 

Johnson, Harold G., Sr T . . . Baltimore 

Jordan, Ben F North Arkansas 

Karls, Harold M Detroit 

Khyalie, Charles S Moradabad 

Kimbrough, R. E North Alabama 

Knight, W. Carlton Missouri West 

Knight, William E Virginia 

Kreager, Marjorie Iowa 

Krech, Walter D Central Illinois 

Kumar, Dilip Lucknow 

Lai, Manohar Moradabad 

Larson, Norma Minnesota 

Lawson, David J South Indiana 

Lawson, Norman R Pacific Northwest 

Lee, Alice Alabama-West Florida 

Lind, Mrs. Birgit Sweden 

Lovern, J. Chess Oklahoma 

Lundquist, C. David West Michigan 

McCallum, James H North Carolina 

McCartt, J. Spurgeon Holston 

McConnell, Sam P Holston 

McCormick, Gerald A. (E) Western Pennsylvania 

McQuary, Thomas R Louisville 

Marsland, Irving A., Jr New York 

Martin, S. Walter South Georgia 

Mikkelsen, John H Nebraska 

Miller, John I British Methodist 



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Moats, Diane Southern California- Arizona 

Moore, Eugene J. (E) Central Illinois 

Nettleton, James L Southern Illinois 

Osbom, John F. (E) West Ohio 

Penicela, Almeida Southeast Africa 

Pickett, Mrs. Elizabeth North Georgia 

Richards, Cecil T North India 

Riley, Negail R Little Rock 

Risinger, Melvin S West Virginia 

Roughface, Thomas, Sr Oklahoma Indian Missionary 

Ruff, William H North Georgia 

Ryan, Mary E. (E) West Virginia 

Shamblin, J. Kenneth Texas 

Shearer, Daniel L. (E) Central Pennsylvania 

Sieving, Walter A Northwest Germany 

Singh, Robert M Lucknow 

Smart, Rosmund A North India 

Staubach, William T New York 

Stuckey, Paul £". (E) West Ohio 

Talley, James F. W Baltimore 

Taylor, Eben South Carolina 

Thurman, Arthur V California-Nevada 

Totherow, Joe C Western North Carolina 

Trotter, J. Irwin Southern California-Arizona 

Tubbs, Ruth (Mrs. Vernon) Wisconsin 

Tubman, William V. S. , Jr Liberia 

Walker, Mrs. Eva North Alabama 

Watson, Michael South Carolina 

Watson, Olive B Florida 

Waugh, R. Paschal Western North Carolina 

White, Charles D Western North Carolina 

White, Woodie W Detroit 

Yesumithra, S South India 



No. 3 
DISCIPLESHIP 

To this committee shall be referred all petitions and resolutions relating to The 
Book of Discipline, Pars. 3; 68-70; 981-1076. 

Suggested subcommittees, if desired: (a) Evangelism, Worship, and Steward- 
ship; (b) Lay Life and Work; (c) Education; (d) Doctrine and Doctrinal 
Statements and the General Rules. 

Place of Meeting: Room 28, Assembly Hall. 

Chairperson — Wesley Bailey (Western North Carolina) 
Vice-Chairperson — Rosalie J. Bentzinger (Iowa) 
Secretary— Judy M. Gilreath (North Texas) 

Members 

Abel, Paul F New York 

Allen, Joe B Texas 



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Atkinson, Sydney H New York 

Bailey, Joe, Jr North Mississippi 

Bailey, Wesley Western North Carolina 

Barger, Rebecca K Baltimore 

Bashore, George W. (E) Eastern Pennsylvania 

Bell, James M Tennessee 

Bentzinger, Rosalie J Iowa 

Bertholf, Lloyd M Central Illinois 

Bingham, Clifford H. (E) South Indiana 

Black, Clair W Northern New Jersey 

Blackstone, Barbara Western Pennsylvania 

Boyd, William T Western North Carolina 

Boyden, Beverly New Hampshire 

Burkhalter, Lucille F New Mexico 

Carter, Fletcher South Carolina 

Chapman, A. Frank Peninsula 

Cleveland, Millard C Florida 

Close, Phyllis E. (E) Central Pennsylvania 

Colaw, Emerson S West Ohio 

Condrey, Betty S West Ohio 

Cooper, Joel A North Arkansas 

Courtney, Robert East Ohio 

Cummings, Hazel Northern Illinois 

Dauner, Immanuel (E) Southwest Germany 

Del Pino, Jerome K Southern New England 

Drinkard, Ms. Lee North Georgia 

Duncan, Edward L Detroit 

Dykes, David L., Jr Louisiana 

Ekin, Floy J Central Illinois 

Elmore, S. J North Alabama 

Emerick, Jack F. (E) Western Pennsylvania 

Enke, Karl-Heinz (E) German Democratic Republic 

Farley, Thomas K Southern California-Arizona 

Fenner, Donald D. (E) Wisconsin 

Francis, John L West Michigan 

French, Edith Troy 

Furman, Frank H., Jr Florida 

Garrick, Grier L North Carolina 

Gih-eath, Mrs. Judy M North Texas 

Goodwin, Louise West Ohio 

Gray, C. Jarrett, Sr Missouri West 

Gray, Ethel M Florida 

Gray, Michael Wisconsin 

Grissom, Thomas P California-Nevada 

Gsell, Theo Switzerland-France 

Hager, Cornelius R Kentucky 

Hanks, Stanley Minnesota 

Harding, Joe A Pacific Northwest 

Hawkins, J. Clinton Missouri East 

Hayes, Clare J Kansas East 

Hicks, Kenneth W Nebraska 

Hicks, L. T. (E) Oklahoma 

Hitchcock, William C Detroit 

Holmes, Robert C South Indiana 

Homer, Robert L Central New York 



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Immanuel, Jacket B Hyderabad 

Ives, S. Clifton Maine 

Jefferson, A. G Virginia 

Johnson, John G Western Pennsylvania 

Jones, Gerald H North Indiana 

Jordan, Bert Mississippi 

Kamwashi, Mujinga North Shaba 

Kellaw, M. K Texas 

Kesler, Becky Southern California-Arizona 

Kite, Joseph H., Jr Western New York 

Kuehl, Werner Northwest Germany 

Landis, Theodore E Virginia 

Ling, Carl C West Ohio 

Lippman, Roland A Southern Illinois 

McGehee, Coleman H Alabama-West Florida 

McReynolds, Marvin D Kansas West 

Malac, Vlastislav Czechoslovakia 

Mason, William G Southern New Jersey 

Mast, Jacob W Virginia 

Masters, L. D Tennessee 

Mather, P. Boyd Iowa 

Mealiff, Lester C Iowa 

Mercer, Charles H North Carolina 

Meredith, Richard P Little Rock 

Myers, T. Cecil North Georgia 

Nightingale, C. B. (Chappy) Yellowstone 

Peters, James C Western North Carolina 

Pevahouse, Joe Memphis 

Pfisterer, Fred R Louisville 

Phipps, James E West Virginia 

Potthoff, Harvey H Rocky Mountain 

Pulver, Merle B. (E) Oklahoma 

Quesenberry , Mrs. Lois Holston 

Rathod, Raiji M Gujarat 

Reeves, Ms. Nina North Alabama 

Reid, William C South Carolina 

Sagar, Sisa M Agra 

St. Clair, Ben B Holston 

Schoenlein, Charles F Northern New York 

Schoenly, Claude Eastern Pennsylvania 

Schreiber, Lyle (E) Minnesota 

Scott, Ralph L Missouri West 

Soriano, Benjamin Mindanao 

Stambach, Arthur W. (E) Central Pennsylvania 

Stoppel, Jeanie Oregon-Idaho 

Stroman, Pat Central Texas 

Sukovaty, Norbert (E) Nebraska 

Tooley, Wendell M Northwest Texas 

Underwood, Harry K Baltimore 

Velazquez, Jose R Northern Illinois 

Vengco, Nonato U Middle Philippines 

Walker, W. Roland Virginia 

Waters, Dale C. (E) West Virginia 

White, Leonard East Ohio 

Wise, Tom Southwest Texas 



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Woodfield, Harry C Wyoming 

Woomer, James A. (E) Western Pennsylvania 

Wright, George A South Georgia 

Zimmerman, Virgil (E) East Ohio 



No. 4 

HIGHER EDUCATION 

AND MINISTRY 

To this committee shall be referred all petitions and resolutions relating to The 
Book of Discipline, Pars. 50-59; 301-400; 501-8; 1189-1253;1281. 

Suggested subcommittees, if desired: (a) Colleges and Universities, (b) Schools 
of Theology; (c) Ordained Ministry; fd; Chaplains and Related Ministries; (e) Lay 
Ministries and Personnel. 

Place of Meeting: Room 25, Assembly Hall. 

Chairperson— r/iomas A. Langford (Western North Carolina) 
Vice-Chairperson— Paul Hardin III (Northern New Jersey) 
Secretary — Lenora F. Clark (Texas) 

Members 

Abbott, Inger Maine 

Anderegg, Joyce (E) Western Pennsylvania 

Beaty, J. Harold Memphis 

Beeman, Paul J Pacific Northwest 

Bender, Gordon R. (E) Wisconsin 

Bjork, Virgil V North Indiana 

Blessing, Roy E. (E) West Virginia 

Boda, Harold L. (E) West Ohio 

Bolleter, Heinrich Switzerland-France 

Bonds, Alfred East Ohio 

Boulton, Edwin C Iowa 

Bridges, Ramsey M West Virginia 

Brittain, Thomas N South Carolina 

Bryant, Richard B. , Jr North Carolina 

Burtner, Robert W Oregon-Idaho 

Byler, RobeH A West Ohio 

Cain, Richard W Southern California- Arizona 

Caswell, Bervin New Mexico 

Chibanguza, Alec Rhodesia 

Christianson, Lyle Minnesota 

Clark, Lenora F Texas 

Clark, Wesley E Louisville 

Clay, Willie B Northern Illinois 

Crawford, David L West Michigan 

Davis, George (E) North Indiana 

Dotts, Ted J Northwest Texas 

Drake, Ernest R New Hampshire 

Duffey, Paul A Alabama- West Florida 



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Dunn, Van Bogard East Ohio 

Durham, Donald W Kentucky 

Flinchbau^h, James E. (E) West Ohio 

Fogleman, Clarence M., Jr Kansas West 

Freeman, Patrick Kansas East 

Germcmd, Robert E Wyoming 

Grigsby, R. L., Jr South Carolina 

Halvorsen, Carl W Southern New Jersey 

Hamilton, Richard E South Indiana 

Handy, William T., Jr Louisiana 

Hardin, Paul Northern New Jersey 

Hardt, John W Texas 

Harrington, Richard W Western New York 

Hemphill, William Peninsula 

Henry, William R Oklahoma 

Herrick, Marvin V. (E) Nebraska 

Humphrey, John D., Sr North Mississippi 

Hutcherson, Guy K South Georgia 

Isaacs, Miriam (E) New York 

James, William M New York 

Johnson, Joseph T Northern Illinois 

Jones, Jameson Rocky Mountain 

Kalaf, Walter N Florida 

Kallstad, Thorvald E Sweden 

Kesler, N. Robert Southern California-Arizona 

King, John T Southwest Texas 

Knecht, David North Dakota 

Lady, R. Andrew Central Pennsylvania 

Lamb, Raymond R Detroit 

Lance, Bert North Georgia 

Langford, Thomas A Western North Carolina 

Leggett, J. W., Jr Mississippi 

Lien, Olaf Norway 

Long, Carroll H Holston 

Loyd, W. Harold Central Illinois 

McDonald, Charles P North Arkansas 

McKenzie, Anne Tennessee 

Marty, Wayne (E) Iowa 

Mayo, George W South Georgia 

Meyer, Samuel L West Ohio 

Minnick, Carlton P., Jr Virginia 

Montgomery, Allen D North Alabama 

Montgomery, Ed North Alabama 

Moore, John V California-Nevada 

Moore, Richard V Florida 

Moorhead, Edwin E Mississippi 

Morris, William W Tennessee 

Naff, George E.,Jr Holston 

Nichols, Frank A Iowa 

Norgate, Jennifer British Methodist 

Oden, Tal Oklahoma 

OuUer, Albert C North Texas 

Patrick, William H., Jr Louisiana 

Patton, Luther A Troy 

Reeves, Richard E Central Illinois 



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Roberts, Sidney Central Texas 

Rutter, Kenneth P Western Pennsylvania 

Schowengerdt, Louis W Missouri West 

Shearer, Wilson A. (E) Baltimore 

Shore, Philip L., Jr Western North Carolina 

Shroyer, Lawton (E) Eastern Pennsylvania 

Smith, James R Virginia 

Spear, James E Central New York 

Starr, James A ; Detroit 

Stedman, W. David Western North Carolina 

Sticker, Hermann (E) South Germany 

Susat, Edward C South Indiana 

Thompson, Gordon G North Georgia 

Treese, Donald H Central Pennsylvania 

Wagner, Boyd E Southern Illinois 

Wa KadUo, Ngoy K North Shaba 

Walley, F. Lewis Eastern Pennsylvania 

Ward, John W Missouri East 

Warner, Ronald H Southern California-Arizona 

Waters, Mrs. Zenobia P Little Rock 

Watson, Harvey L North Carolina 

White, C. Dale Southern New England 

White, Luther W. Ill Virginia 

Williams, Frank L Baltimore 

Wood, Allison C Northern New York 

Zagray, Allan (E) East Ohio 

Zimmerman, Gene Florida 

Zuniga, Clem^nte S., Jr Philippines 



No. 5 
GLOBAL MINISTRIES 

To this committee shall be referred all petitions and resolutions relating to The 
Book of Discipline, Pars. 1077-1188; 1284-89; 1443. 

Suggested subcommittees, if desired: (a) Missions; (b) Ecumenical and 
Interreligious Concerns; (c) Health and Welfare Ministries; (d) Education and 
Cultivation. 

Place of Meeting: Room 24, Assembly Hall. 

Chairperson— Forrest C. Stith (Baltimore) 
Vice-Chairperson — Yvonne Ferris (Nebraska) 
Secretary— A Zua H. Clark (Nebraska) 

Members 

Alguire, Frances Northern Illinois 

Baidya, Sukumar Bengal 

Bailen, Gregorio R Northwest Philippines 

Beard, Jean J West Virginia 

Biddle, Homer Glenn (E) West Ohio 

Bigler, Vernon Western New York 

Bom, Ethel W Virginia 



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Brabham, A. McKay, Jr South Carolina 

Brooks, D. W North Georgia 

Bruckner, B. M Northwest Texas 

Burge, Donald East Ohio 

Bums, Mrs. Marjorie Central Texas 

Buttrey, D. R Tennessee 

Butts, Thomas L Alabama-West Florida 

Buxton, Dorothy R Kentucky 

Carroll, Kathryn California-Nevada 

Carruth, Mrs. Augusta South Georgia 

Chase, Charles Central New York 

Christopher, Sharon B Wisconsin 

Cies, Herbert A Yellowstone 

Clark, Alva H Nebraska 

Clive, Elliot D Delhi 

Close, Robert L. (E) Central Pennsylvania 

Collins, Claude R West Virginia 

Compton, Mary A Louisiana 

Coots, Fred H., Jr Southern California-Arizona 

Crauford, Gene P. (E) South Indiana 

Crist, Dollie Florida 

Crocker, Hugh D Western Pennsylvania 

Cummings, Simeon F North Carolina 

Cummins, Marlene S Southern Illinois 

Dammann, Arlene East Ohio 

Davis, Frank W Oklahoma 

Dimmler, Rolf South Germany 

Dorsett, Jean North Carolina 

Downie, Gerald L Central Illinois 

Dunlap, J. Edward Little Rock 

Eutsler, Ralph K Virginia 

Evans, Mary Lou Southern New England 

Fenstermacher, Anita North Indiana 

Ferris, Mrs. Yvonne Nebraska 

Fields, Richard E South Carolina 

Galindo, Jose Rio Grande 

Garrett, C. Dendy Iowa 

Georg, Irene L Kansas West 

Gierhart, B. Willis North Indiana 

Gist, Lucy Western North Carolina 

Gordon, Mrs. Myrtle North Alabama 

Graham, Joseph R. (E) West Ohio 

Haining, Kathleen Minnesota 

Hedberg, Alfred A Florida 

Holland, Bettilou Northern New Jersey 

Horton, Robert E. (E) Detroit 

Hutchinson, Charles L North Alabama 

Ibasco, Abelardo Northern Philippines 

Johnson, Richard E Kansas East 

Jones, Donald J Central Illinois 

Jones, L. Bevel III North Georgia 

Lambdin, Mrs. Ruby (E) Red Bird Missionary 

Lashford, Mrs. Cathy Wyoming 

Longenecker, Robert P. (E) Eastern Pennsylvania 

Ludwig, Lois S South Indiana 



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Lundy, John T Holston 

McGuire, Douglas L Louisiana 

Magdowski, Axel Northwest Germany 

Mann, Charles L. (E) Baltimore 

May, Felton E Peninsula 

Morton, Hallie Texas 

Murray, Jerry D Western North Carolina 

Mutombu, Kayij Southern Zaire 

Nicholson, Anne Eastern Pennsylvania 

Norris, Irene T Detroit 

Osment, Mildred North Arkansas 

Peters, Rhoda A Louisville 

Plummer, Kenneth Central Pennsylvania 

Poe, George E Missouri West 

Ramer, Lloyd W Memphis 

Robinson, Ruth Rocky Mountain 

Rollins, William B Southern California-Arizona 

Russell, John W Oklahoma 

Samson, Restituto F Northwest Philippines 

Scarborough, Mrs. Alice Mississippi 

Shipp, Thomas J North Texas 

Shirah, A. Jason South Georgia 

Shook, Wallace T Texas 

Simpson, John C. , Jr Virginia 

Skeete, F. Herbert New York 

Sloan, Lillian Western Pennsylvania 

Slutz, Leonard West Ohio 

Soderholm, Patricia (Mrs. Robert) Wisconsin 

Stansel, Mrs. Elizabeth North Mississippi 

Stith, Forrest C Baltimore 

Strong, Plyna G West Michigan 

Trost, Alice Troy 

Trudeau, Mrs. Danita Alaska Missionary 

Trundle, John N Holston 

Vanderpool, Harry New Mexico 

Walker, H. Thomas Minnesota 

Walker, Leon E Southern New Jersey 

Walker, William Oregon-Idaho 

Weston, Charles H., Jr West Ohio 

Wickett, Jean L Southern California-Arizona 

Wilcox, Barbara B Florida 

Wilde, Barbara J. (E) Pacific Northwest 

Wilke, Richard B Kansas West 

Wilkening, Walter Missouri East 

Williams, Mrs. Shirley Northern New York 

Wilshusen, Mrs. Jo Anne Southwest Texas 

Wykle, Eugene M. (E) Northern Illinois 

Yaggy, Mary Iowa 

Young, H. Claude, Jr Western North CaroHna 

No. 6 
LOCAL CHURCH 

To this committee shall be referred all petitions and resolutions relating to The 
Book of Discipline, Pars. 48, 49; 101-63; 1419-44. 



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Suggested subcommittees, if desired: (a) Membership; (h) Local Church 
Property; (c) Charge Conference and Administrative Board and its Committees; 
(d) Council on Ministries, Work Areas, and Coordinators. 

Place of Meeting: Room 29, Exhibit Hall 

Chairperson — Woodrow Seals (Texas) 
Vice-Chairperson — Thomas L. Cromwell (East Ohio) 
Secretary — Ava Swofford (Missouri East) 

Members 

Abbott, William H Alabama- West Florida 

Bailey, E. A North Mississippi 

Bailey, William, P Memphis 

Banks, Steve North Carolina 

Blom/]uist, Paul F Detroit 

Bobbitt, Pauline Southern California- Arizona 

Bott, LeRoy (E) Kansas West 

Brandyberry, Abraham (E) East Ohio 

Brawn, J. Melvin (E) California-Nevada 

Butz, Earl H South Dakota 

Campney, Arthur B Iowa 

Cariker, C. E South Georgia 

Carson, Joseph T., Jr Virginia 

Cheney, Edward B Southern New Jersey 

Chrisentery, Inez W Louisiana 

Conklin, Rowland S Troy 

Cramer, Irene (Mrs. Solomon) (E) Wisconsin 

Crom,well, Thomas L East Ohio 

Curry, J. W., Sr South Carolina 

Darling, Howard H New York 

Delp, W. Owen, Jr. (E) West Ohio 

Dille, RobeH E. (E) West Virginia 

Dillon, Orville E Western North Carolina 

Doggett, Herbert L. D Baltimore 

Drinkard, Eugene T North Georgia 

Duecker, R. Sheldon North Indiana 

Durr, Ransom North Alabama 

Easley, John J. (E) South Indiana 

English, Susie Oklahoma 

Entler, Fred P Holston 

Finkbeiner, Melvin M Pacific Northwest 

Frankovsky, Miroslav Czechoslovakia 

French, Vernon C Western New York 

Gramling, Mrs. Marion South Carolina 

Gwyer, Herbert L Western Pennsylvania 

Hand, Don Southwest Texas 

Hasler, Freda (E) Southern Illinois 

Hawemann, Gerhard (E) German Democratic Republic 

Hess, Wayne C. (E) Central Illinois 

Humbel, Herbert Switzerland-France 

Hunt, Clark W Northern New Jersey 

Keeley, Virgil D Little Rock 

Kellam, Harold B Virginia 



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Koenig, Robert W. (E) South Indiana 

Krueger, Delton Minnesota 

Kuczma, Jolanta Poland 

Kurtz, Merwin R. (E) Kansas East 

Lang, Francis East Ohio 

Lash, H. Donald (E) Western Pennsylvania 

Lennartson, Walter S Northern Illinois 

Lenox, Asbury Texas 

Luton, Mrs. 0. S Tennessee 

McAdams, Emit D : Louisville 

McConnell, Calvin D Rocky Mountain 

McVey, Charles B. (E) West Ohio 

McWhorter, John L Western North Carolina 

Mann, George M Southern California- Arizona 

Matheny, Robert M Mississippi 

Miller, Harry L. (E) West Virginia 

Moore, George C. (E) Missouri West 

Morgan, Robert C North Alabama 

Myers, Paul E Central Pennsylvania 

Neese, William J North Carolina 

Newman, Ernest W Florida 

Oden, William B Oklahoma 

Page, Conrad M. , Jr. (E) Central Pennsylvania 

Patterson, William G West Ohio 

Peijfer, Harold S. (E) Eastern Pennsylvania 

Rathod, John B Gujarat 

Ross, Martha S Baltimore 

Rowan, James C Florida 

Schairer, Jane Detroit 

Seals, Woodrow Texas 

Sheaffer, Lee B. (E) Virginia 

Shearer, Paul V Iowa 

Sites, Leila (E) North Indiana 

Sneed, Mrs. Maude North Georgia 

Stapleton, Joseph G Peninsula 

Stewart, Charles H. Ill Florida 

Stoecker, Hans-Jurgen Southwest Germany 

Swales, William R Central New York 

Sweazy, Albert W Kentucky 

Swofford, Mrs. Ava Missouri East 

Taylor, Lawrence R. (E) West Michigan 

Thompson, Walter Southern New England 

Trotter, Clifford E Northwest Texas 

Urbom, Warren K Nebraska 

Vaughan, William C Virginia 

Verdin, Douglas F New York 

Vickers, John E Alabama- West Florida 

Weaver, R. Bruce North Texas 

Wert, James A Wyoming 

White, William D Northern Illinois 

Wilcox, Robert L Holston 

Womeldorff, Porter J. (E) Central Illinois 

Wonders, Alice Central Texas 

Wordelman, Marlene (E) Minnesota 



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No. 7 
FINANCIAL ADMINISTRATION 

To this committee shall be referred all petitions and resolutions relating to The 
Book of Discipline, Pars. 837-48; 852-96; 907-53; 1254-63. 

Suggested subcommittees, if desired: (a) Finance and Administration; (b) 
Pensions; (c) Publishing Interests. 

Place of Meeting: Room 23, Assembly Hall 

Chairperson — ^Thomas P. Moore (East Ohio) 
Vice-Chairperson — Barbara Thompson (Baltimore) 
Secretary — William W. Reid, Jr. (Wyoming) 

Members 

Aguilar, Clifford B Southern California-Arizona 

Allen, Charles L Texas 

Barrett, James S South Carolina 

Bevins, C. Rex Nebraska 

Bittner, Dwight M. (E) Western Pennsylvania 

Blundell, John Little Rock 

Borger, Clarence Kansas West 

Boro, Nayan K Madhya Pradesh 

Boswell, George M North Texas 

Brannon, William C North Alabama 

Brogdon, Elizabeth S Southern New Jersey 

Carey, Abraham Wisconsin 

Carraway, James L Western Pennsylvania 

Carter, Earl B North Arkansas 

Cherry, William T Eastern Pennsylvania 

Code, Allen L. , Sr South Carolina 

Cole, T. Winston Florida 

Crockett, Granville D North Mississippi 

Dailey, Charles East Ohio 

Dellit, Harold W. (E) Iowa 

DeLong, Dale F. (E) West Ohio 

Dilgard, Charles K. (E) West Ohio 

Drennan, Merrill W Baltimore 

Drake, Clifford S California-Nevada 

Fink, Harold H Virginia 

Fitts, Mrs. Gladys M Tennessee 

Forbes, J. Kenneth South Indiana 

Foster, Betty Jean Minnesota 

Gates, Matthew H New York 

Goodwin, Robert B Northern New Jersey 

Guinivan, Thomas W. (E) Central Pennsylvania 

Hancock, C. Wilbume South Georgia 

Hanna, Ellen R Central Illinois 

Hermann, Theodor Southwest Germany 

Jones, G. Eliot Mississippi 

Kirby, Wallace H North Carolina 

Kistier, Richard E. (E) North Indiana 

Knox, J. Lloyd Florida 

McCarmack, James H West Ohio 



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Mcintosh, Burt A Central Illinois 

McMullin, Nancy Missouri East 

Madison, J. Clay Western North Carolina 

Majors, R. Powell Western North Carolina 

Martin, Paul D., Jr Virginia 

Mason, L. K Louisiana 

Mayfield, Robert G Kentucky 

Messmer, William K. (E) West Ohio 

Metzel, Mrs. Mary Oklahoma 

Milligan, Thomas Central New York 

Mixson, Rex M Alabama- West Florida 

Mohney, Ralph W Holston 

Moore, Thomas (E) East Ohio 

Norman, Marianne (E) North Indiana 

Northfelt, Merlyn W Northern Illinois 

Nusbaum, Betty L. (E) Central Pennsylvania 

Olfermann, Wolfgang Northwest Germany 

Oliphint, Benjamin R Nprth Texas 

Oat, Arthur B., Jr Northern New York 

Overton, Vivian P New York 

Peters, Lloyd A Oklahoma 

Praetorius, E. Russell (E ) Minnesota 

Price, Carl E Detroit 

Quickel, Harold H. (E) Eastern Pennsylvania 

Redding, Mrs. Viola Western North Carolina 

Reid, William W., Jr Wyoming 

Roberts, Roger G West Virginia 

Robey, William T. , Jr Virginia 

RusseU, John B Virginia 

Rutland, Walter B Florida 

Sears, Kathryne Iowa 

Seymour, Alick Spurzin Delhi 

Shashaguay, Bernard R West Michigan 

Sohl, Joyce D. (E) Rocky Mountain 

Spafford, Frieda (E) Detroit 

Speer, Aubrey B Missouri West 

Stacey, John British Methodist 

Stephenson, Roy Memphis 

Stevens, Robert W Pacific Northwest 

Strickland, Don Texas 

Talbert, Melvin G Southern California-Arizona 

Taylor, Blaine E Southern New England 

Taylor, Robert L North Georgia 

Thompson, Barbara R Baltimore 

Townes, Ross E North Carohna 

Underwood, Walter L Central Texas 

Usher, Worthie K Iowa 

Van Sickle, John R Northern lUinois 

Waterfield, Jim Northwest Texas 

Webber, Frank California-Nevada 

Weigel, Frank A., Jr. (E) Holston 

Wilson, T. R North Georgia 

Winter, F. Hauser Missouri West 

Woods, Prenza L Southwest Texas 

Wulflmhle, Wesley W. (E) Kansas East 



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No. 8 
COUNCIL ON MINISTRIES 

To this committee shall be referred all petitions and resolutions relating to The 
Book of Discipline, Pars. 824-30; 849-51; 897-906. 

Suggested subcommittees, if desired: (a) Council on Ministries; (h) Communi- 
cations, Information, Public Relations; (c) Program and Benevolence Interpreta- 
tion; (d) General Advance. 

Place of Meeting: Room 32, Exhibit Hall 

Chairperson — G. Ross Freeman (South Georgia) 
Vice-Chairperson — Ruth Daugherty (Eastern Pennsylvania) 
Secretary — Mary A. Hampton (Missouri West) 

Members 

Andrews, David H. (E) Baltimore 

Appelgate, WilUam P Iowa 

Bauman, Larry A North Georgia 

Bymside, Connie (Mrs. David) South Carolina 

Carper, Donald E. (E) Kansas West 

Cheyne, Robert D North Arkansas 

Clark, Mrs. Helen Marie Nebraska 

Clark, Roy C Tennessee 

Cline, John M North Carolina 

Colpitis, A. Hunter (E) North Indiana 

Conoway, Merlin D North Mississippi 

Cooper, Earle N Troy 

Cooper, Kenneth Alabama- West Florida 

Cope, Abigail J Northern New Jersey 

Daugherty, Ruth (E) Eastern Pennsylvania 

Dekle, Joe B North Georgia 

Eaton, Harry B Virginia 

Fanning, 0. B Florida 

Flint, Mrs. Persis South Dakota 

Ford, F. B New Mexico 

Freeman, G. Ross South Georgia 

Gehres, J. Philip New York 

Gibbs, M. McCoy Florida 

Gilmore, Paul G. (E) Central Pennsylvania 

Glasgow, Francis East Ohio 

Good, Mary Detroit 

Gray, Mrs. Vivienne Texas 

Grenfell, John N Detroit 

Hampton, Mrs. Mary A Missouri West 

Harris, Velma M South Indiana 

Heam, James W Louisiana 

Helms, Jewell North Indiana 

Henderson, Herb H West Virginia 

Henry, Lnither W-.Sr Central Texas 

Hershberger, George (E) Western Pennsylvania 

Jackson, Leslie East Ohio 

Jetter, Richard (E) South Germany 

Johnson, Charles L South Carolina 

Johnston, Paula Rocky Mountain 



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Jones, Everett R Baltimore 

Jones, H%Lghey L West Ohio 

Jorgensen, Niels Chr Denmark 

Kaatz, Torrey A. (E) .West Ohio 

LaPoint, Kathy California-Nevada 

Lee, Clay F., Jr Mississippi 

Lee, Ernest W Southern New Jersey 

Lutrick, Charles E Northwest Texas 

McCleskey, Wayne H Texas 

McCune, Robert J Central New York 

Mabee, Marilynn Southern California-Arizona 

Manson, Frances M Kansas East 

Martin, George W Little Rock 

Meares, John M North Carolina 

Meier, Karl German Democratic Republic 

Meyer, Lester A Oklahoma 

Minsker, John H Western New York 

Nestler, Frank H Central Illinois 

Peacock, H. Eugene Western North Carolina 

Pohl, Keith I West Michigan 

Purdham, Charles Minnesota 

Richardson, Ted Southwest Texas 

Rider, John R Southern Illinois 

Roberts, Leigh Wisconsin 

Rountree, Alvin L Central IHinois 

Russell, Patti B Virginia 

Self, Eddie North Alabama 

Shepherd, Paul Louisville 

Siess, Robert C Western Pennsylvania 

Smith, Harold F., Sr Southern New England 

Smith, Mrs. Josie Mississippi 

Smith, William E West Ohio 

Solomon, Samson Madhya Pradesh 

Stanton, Charles F. (E) South Indiana 

Stants, Nelson E. (E) Western Pennsylvania 

Stein, Neil L Missouri East 

Stich, Siegfried (E) Switzerland- France 

Strosahl, Stanford Wisconsin 

Taylor, John P Central Pennsylvania 

Tholin, Richard D. (E) Northern IlHnois 

Troy, Jean Holston 

Turner, James W Virginia 

Vamell, Sam N., Jr Holston 

Vosburg, Duane Wyoming 

Wagner, Blake (E) East Ohio 

Watson, Mrs. Martha Boyd North Texas 

Whitehead, Thomas Oregon-Idaho 

Whitten, Dolphus, Jr Oklahoma 

Whitworth, Mrs. Virginia Memphis 

Wieting, Norma Northern Illinois 

Wilken, Alferd E. (E) Iowa 

Winchester, Clarence M Western North Carolina 

Winton, Jeanette New York 

Zellmer, Willard A Pacific Northwest 

Zimmerman, DeWane R Southern California- Arizona 



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No. 9 
INDEPENDENT COMMISSIONS 

To this committee shall be referred all petitions and resolutions relating to The 
Book of Discipline, Pars. 1264-80; 1282. 

Suggested subcommittees, if desired: (a) Religion and Race; (b) Archives and 
History; (c) Status and Role of Women. 

Place of Meeting: Room 31, Exhibit Hall 

Chairperson — Hector Navas (Florida) 

Vice-Chairperson — Doris M. Handy (Western Pennsylvania) 

Secretary— t//. Sharon Howell (Kansas East) 

Members 

Ambler, Elizabeth Southern New England 

Anderson, Beverly J Southern California-Arizona 

Anderson, Pam North Indiana 

Baker, Blanche M British Methodist 

Brown, Kim Memphis 

Bryant, Thomas V South Indiana 

Burkhalter, Mrs. Lois South Carolina 

Campbell, Berlin T Southern Illinois 

Chen, Yung S. (E) North Indiana 

Christopher, Richard L South Indiana 

Christy, John H., Jr Western North Carolina 

Cook, Polly L Florida 

Cooke, Bemadine East Ohio 

Cooke, Mary F Peninsula 

Crain, Sarah P Kentucky 

Crosby, Mrs. Lorena I. (E) Western New York 

Current, Gloster B New York 

Decker, Hazel M Texas 

Dickerson, E. Robert Alabama-West Florida 

Eby, Norma C Pacific Northwest 

Elliott, Avenell R Kansas West 

Emurian, Ernest K Virginia 

Epps, A. C North Georgia 

Fishbeck, Royal B., Jr Troy 

Galvan, Elias G Southern California-Arizona 

Goebel, Horst Southwest Germany 

Haberman, Joyce Minnesota 

Handy, Doris M Western Pennsylvania 

Hardin, Nadine (Mrs. P. H.) North Arkansas 

Hayes, Robert E., Sr Texas 

Heilman, Geraldine B. (E) Central Pennsylvania 

Hernandez, Frances California-Nevada 

Higgins, Mrs. Ann Missouri West 

Higgins, David R. (E) Central Pennsylvania 

Holmes, Zan, Jr North Texas 

Horton, Howard J Western Pennsylvania 

Hostetter, Mark J. (E) Eastern Pennsylvania 

Howell, H. Sharon Kansas East 

Jenkins, Daniel C West Ohio 



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Jolley, Delbert E Western Pennsylvania 

Jordan, Charles W Northern Illinois 

Kemmerly, J. R Louisiana 

Kennedy, Stanley C Iowa 

Leatherman, Harold F North Carolina 

Loyd, Martha E West Virginia 

Mackay, James A North Georgia 

Mann, Marjorie North Carolina 

Markham, Mrs. Becky Oklahoma 

Miller, Harriet L. (E) West Ohio 

Moore, J. Barcus Southwest Texas 

Namwan, Kat Southern Zaire 

Navas, Hector (E) Florida 

Nees, Forrest East Ohio 

Newman, Omega South Carolina 

Nieves, Jon R Rocky Mountain 

Onema, Ekoko L Central Zaire 

Pike, Don M Central Texas 

Randitt, Ina South Georgia 

Rivera, EliS Northern New Jersey 

Rowe, J. Edgar Virginia 

Rust, Norma A New York 

Rutland, John E North Alabama 

Saito, Perry H Wisconsin 

Schwiebert, Erwin H Oregon-Idaho 

Searle, John C.,Jr.{E) West Ohio 

Sikkenga, Jean S Detroit 

Singer, Edgar F Wyoming 

Smith, Irving L Oklahoma 

Stames, Billy M Tennessee 

Streeter, Emmett T Nebraska 

Thompson, Annie R Baltimore 

Vilmont, Kathy Miller (E) Iowa 

Wake, Lloyd K California-Nevada 

Wells, Cathy Mississippi 

Wicklein, Helen F Baltimore 

Wilcox, Katherine W West Michigan 

Willis, H. Walter, Jr Holston 

Wolfe, Jeremiah Western North Carolina 

Woodruff, Mary Eleanor Central Illinois 



No. 10 
ADMINISTRATIVE ORDER 

To this committee shall be referred all petitions and resolutions relating to The 
Book of Discipline, Pars. 1, 2, 4-6; 60-66; 801-23; 1290-92; 1401-18; 1445; 1501-60; 
1701-06. 

Suggested subcommittees, if desired: (a) General Boards, Commissions, and 
Agencies; (b) Church Property; (c) Judicial Administration and Enabling Acts. 



Place of Meeting: Room 30, Exhibit Hall 



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Chairperson — David A. Duck (South Georgia) 
Vice-Chairperson — Wayne E. Shoemaker (Iowa) 
Secretary-— Gwendolyn B. Williams (California-Nevada) 

Members 

Ade, C. H. (E) North Indiana 

Agnew, Theodore L Oklahoma 

Albrecht, Robert (E) Northern lUinois 

Asano, Milton K Southern California-Arizona 

Ash, John L. Ill Mississippi 

Backus, Arthur G West Virginia 

Barnes, Bryce Central Illinois 

Beatty, William M Western Pennsylvania 

Black, Jane Missouri West 

Brown, Rainsford A. , Sr Iowa 

Callis, Kenneth R Detroit 

Campbell, Foy Alabama- West Florida 

Clary, Doris (E) East Ohio 

Clem, Paul L North Alabama 

Cooney, C. Douglas Baltimore 

Crump, Ed. L., Jr Memphis 

Dillard, Robert L., Jr North Texas 

Dodson, Thurman L Baltimore 

Doty, Arthur L Troy 

Douglas, Willard H., Jr Virginia 

Duck, David A South Georgia 

Easter, Paul M Western Pennsylvania 

Eckel, Sherman B. (E) Western New York 

Ether, Horace F Eastern Pennsylvania 

Froe, D. W West Virginia 

Gibson, Nelson North Carolina 

Graham, Walter A Louisville 

Grant, Nicholas W North Carolina 

Greenwaldt, William M Central Texas 

Gruver, Esdras S Virginia 

Hardcastle, James C Peninsula 

Harris, Robert M Nebraska 

Hoover, Theressa New York 

Kent, Harry South Carolina 

Knupp, Robert E Central Pennsylvania 

Kyst, Erik Denmark 

Lorch, Basil, Jr South Indiana 

Lupo, C. J., Jr South Carolina 

McDonnell, C. Durward Florida 

McPherson, William Minnesota 

Matthews, Marjorie S West Michigan 

Mayes, Allen M Texas 

Mevis, Joyce (Mrs. Lawrence) Wisconsin 

Minus, Paul M West Ohio 

Montgomery, John C, Jr Missouri East 

Mugler, Walter F. (E) Kansas West 

Naylor, Edward R Rocky Mountain 

Nelson, Mrs. Fletcher Western North Carolina 

Nichols, Henry H Eastern Pennsylvania 

Nicholson, R. Herman Western North Carolina 



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NorHs, Alfred L Louisiana 

Ragsdale, Mrs. Marttia Holston 

Ratnam, Darsi J Bombay 

Redmond, Charles D. (E) West Ohio 

Rhone, Raymond D Texas 

Sayre, Charles A Southern New Jersey 

Seller, Ralph H Southwest Texas 

Shields, Joseph W West Ohio 

Shoemaker, Wayne E Iowa 

Sides, Curtis D Kansas East 

Sowder, Jimmy Florida 

Spain, Robert H Tennessee 

Sprouls, J. Clifton Oklahoma 

Thomason, Terry C Southern New England 

Tolbert, RobeH East Ohio 

Turingan, Fehciano Northern Philippines 

linger, E. Paul Central Illinois 

Wayman, Phyllis Tyler Southern California-Arizona 

Webb, Paul Jr North Georgia 

Welliver, H. Richard Central Pennsylvania 

Williams, Charles R North Georgia 

Williams, Gwendolyn B California-Nevada 

Woodworth, Elaine J Pacific Northwest 



(Note: All paragraph numbers in the Plan of Organization and 
Rules of Order refer to the 1972 Book of Discipline. — Editor) 



"The plan of organization and rules of order of the 
General Conference shall be the plan of organization 
and rules of order as published in the journal of the 
preceding General Conference until they have been 
altered or modifled by the action of the General 
Conference." (Discipline, II 607.) 



PLAN OF ORGANIZATION 

I. OPENING SESSION AND ORGANIZATION 

The General Conference shall assemble on the day fixed and at 
the place designated in accordance with the action taken by the 
preceding General Conference or the Commission on the General 
Conference. The Holy Communion shall be celebrated by the 
Conference, the Council of Bishops being in charge. The opening 
business session of the Conference shall be on the day and at the 
hour fixed by the Commission on the General Conference and 
shall be called to order by the bishop designated, as provided in 
H 15 § 11 of the Discipline. 

The following order of business shall be observed: 
A. Roll Call. The roll shall be called by the Secretary of the 
General Conference in the following manner: 

(1) There shall be called the names of the bishops who have 
died since the adjournment of the preceding General Conference, 
and likewise the names of delegates-elect who have died. 

(2) The record of attendance shall be made in writing to the 
Secretary of the General Conference by: 

(a) The Secretary of the Council of Bishops for the bishops, 

(b) The Secretary of the Judicial Council for that body, 

(c) The General Secretary of the General Council on Ministries 
for all general and executive secretaries, and 

(d) The chairperson of each delegation for its membership. 
The chairperson shall be provided with a blank form on which to 
report in writing the attendance of its members, noting 
absentees and substitutions, which reports shall be tabulated by 
the Secretary and published in the Daily Christian Advocate. 
Any reserve seated in the place of a regular delegate shall have 
been duly elected as a reserve delegate by the Annual 
Conference, and shall meet the requirements set forth in the 
Discipline, HI 38-40 as amended by Amendment VIII, H 67. 
Delegates, including reserves, when the latter are substituted 

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for a delegate or delegates, shall be seated in the order of their 
election, except when a reserve is seated temporarily, in which 
case the reserve shall occupy the seat of the delegate for whom 
the substitution is made. All delegates arriving after the opening 
roll call shall be reported by the chairperson of the delegation to 
the Committee on Credentials, in order to be properly enrolled. 

(3) A majority of the whole number of delegates to the General 
Conference shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of 
business. {Discipline, II 608.) 

B. Election of Secretary-Designate {Discipline, II 605). The 
Council of Bishops shall present a nomination from the ministry 
or lay membership of The United Methodist Church for 
secretary-designate. Other nominations shall be permitted from 
the floor. The time of election shall be scheduled during the 
session by the Agenda Committee. The election, if there be two 
or more nominees, shall be by ballot. The secretary-designate 
shall assume the responsibiUties of the office of secretary as soon 
after the adjournment of the General Conference as all work in 
connection with the session including the preparation, printing 
and maiUng of the Journal has been completed {Discipline 
II 606). The exact date of the transfer of responsibiUty to the 
secretary-designate shall be determined by the Commission on 
the General Conference but shall not be later than 12 months 
after the adjournment of the General Conference. 

C. Committee Nominations and Elections. The Council of 
Bishops shall present nominations or appoint members for the 
standing administrative committees, and such other nominations 
as are hereinafter committed to it, for election by the General 
Conference. 

D. Miscellaneous Business. 

E. Adjournment. 

II. EPISCOPAL ADDRESS 

The Quadrennial Address of the Council of Bishops shall be 
delivered early in the Conference, at such hour as determined by 
the Commission on the General Conference in consultation with 
the Council of Bishops. 

III. PRESIDING OFFICERS 

The presiding officers for the several sessions of the Confer- 
ence, the opening session excepted (see div. I above), shall be 
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The Council of Bishops shall at the opening session nominate for 
election by the Conference a Committee on Presiding Officers 
composed of one minister and one lay person from each 
Jurisdiction, and one minister and one lay person from among the 
delegates representing the Annual Conferences outside the 
United States, and four members at large. The Committee on 
Presiding Officers shall establish a continuing pool of five names 
of bishops from which group the presiding officer shall be 
selected by the committee. Each bishop shall be given reasonable 
notice of selection for this pool, but subsequent to being selected 
and notified shall be available for assignment as presiding officer 
at any session. The committee shall be free to select a bishop for 
more than one session, whenever it seems advisable. 



IV. SECRETARIAL STAFF 

(1) The Secretary of the General Conference elected as 
hereinbefore provided shall be responsible for all functions of the 
office in preparation for the session of the General Conference 
following that election. The Secretary shall serve until all work in 
connection with the session for which such preparation was made 
has been completed; shall keep the record of proceedings of all 
sessions of the General Conference; shall compile and edit a 
Handbook for The General Conference; and shall edit the official 
Journal of the General Conference. 

(2) The Conference shall elect, upon nomination by the 
Secretary, a Coordinator of Calendar who shall assist the 
Committee on Calendar in presenting reports in such an order so 
as to expedite the business of the Conference, as well as in other 
responsibilities of the committee. (See VI-A (2).) 

(3) The Conference shall elect, upon the nomination of the 
Secretary, such assistant secretaries from the ministry or lay 
membership of The United Methodist Church as it may deem 
wise. 

(4) The work of the Secretary shall be supervised by the 
Commission on the General Conference. A budget for the work of 
the Secretary shall be presented by the Commission on the 
General Conference to the General Council on Finance and 
Administration. Such budget shall be paid out of the General 
Administration Fund. 

(5) If in the interim of the quadrennial sessions of the General 
Conference the office of Secretary shall for any reason be 
vacated, the Council of Bishops shall elect a successor to serve 
until the next session. 



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V. ENTERTAINMENT AND PROGRAM 

There shall be a Commission on the General Conference 
composed of one minister and one lay person from each 
Jurisdiction and four members at large who shall be nominated 
by the Council of Bishops and elected by the General Conference 
for a term of eight years, half of whom shall be elected by the 
General Conference each quadrennium. The Secretary of the 
General Conference, the Treasurer of the General Council on 
Finance and Administration and the Director of the Convention 
Bureau shall also be members ex-officio but without vote. If 
vacancies occur, the Council of Bishops shall elect successors to 
serve until the next session of the General Conference and then 
nominate for election by the General Conference persons to serve 
any remainder of the term. The Commission shall elect two 
additional members at large for each quadrennium. 

The Council of Bishops shall designate one of its members to 
convene and organize the Commission before the adjournment of 
the General Conference. 

This Commission shall determine the place and time (within 
such limits as may be set up by the General Conference) of the 
next General Conference and shall send an official notice to all 
elected delegates announcing specifically the opening day and 
hour of the General Conference and anticipated time of 
adjournment. It shall further advise the General Conference 
delegates in advance of all such special events and orders of the 
day, the dates and times of which have been determined prior to 
the opening of General Conference, in order that the delegates 
may have an overview of the General Conference program. The 
Commission shall make all necessary arrangements in connection 
therewith, including arrangements for the pubUcation of a book 
of quadrennial reports of the general boards and other general 
agencies of the Church, the same to be published by the United 
Methodist Publishing House. 

The Commission shall plan the schedule for the opening day of 
the Conference. 

The Commission shall recommend to the General Conference 
the per diem allowance to be paid to the elected delegates. 

The Commission shall issue invitations to fraternal delegates 
after consultation with the Council of Bishops, and shall arrange 
for their local entertainment for the specific period of time 
required for their presentation to the General Conference. 

The Commission is authorized, if it deems it advisable, to select 
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VI. COMMITTEES 

The General Conference shall have the standing committees 
hereinafter indicated, with such functions, responsibiUties, and 
limitations respectively as are hereinafter prescribed, and such 
special committees as it may order. 

A. Standing Administrative Committees^ 

(1) Committee on Agenda. There shall be a Committee on 
Agenda. 

(a) It shall be composed of twelve members, at least four of 
whom shall be lay persons, to be constituted as follows: One from 
each Jurisdiction, one from overseas, four members at large, the 
chairperson of the Committee on Calendar when elected, and the 
chairperson or substitute for the Program Chairperson of the 
Program Committee of the Commission on the General Confer- 
ence. It shall be appointed by the Council of Bishops at its winter 
meeting next preceding the meeting of the General Conference 
from the elected delegates to the General Conference. 

(h) The Committee shall be convened by the Secretary of the 
General Conference at least the day before the opening of the 
General Conference and shall consult with the Council of Bishops, 
the Commission on the General Conference and the Secretary of 
the General Conference concerning pending business. 

(c) Following the presentation and adoption of the report of 
the Commission on the General Conference at the opening 
session of the General Conference, the Committee on Agenda 
shall immediately become responsible for helping guide the order 
of business of the Conference. 

(d) To this committee shall be referred all requests for special 
orders of the day, except those requested in the report of the 
Commission on the General Conference on the first day of the 
Conference. 

(e) Proposals, questions, communications, resolutions, and 
other matters not included in the regular business of the General 
Conference shall be referred to the Committee on Agenda 
without motion or debate. This committee shall determine 
whether or not the matter presented shall be considered by the 
General Conference. Appeal from the decision of this committee 
may be presented to the Conference upon the written signature 
of twenty members of the Conference, and the item shall be 

' The Committee on Plan of Organization and Rules of Order requested and 
received authority for the Interim Committee "to determine the responsibilities 
of the Standing Administrative Committees" {Journal, page 508). 



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presented to the Conference if the appeal is supported by a 
one-third vote. 

(f) The Committee on Agenda shall report to each session of 
the General Conference its recommendations concerning busi- 
ness agenda and time allocations for the various reports and 
business items, except that at all times the Committee on 
Calendar shall determine the order in which legislative commit- 
tee reports shall be presented. Priority shall be given to calendar 
items as soon as they are available. At the last plenary session of 
each day a tentative agenda for the next day shall be announced. 

(2) Calendar. The Committee on Calendar shall be composed 
of four members, nominated by the Council of Bishops. None of 
them shall be chairperson of a Standing or Legislative Committee 
or a member or staff person of any General Board or Agency. The 
committee, upon advice of the Coordinator of Calendar (IV (2)), 
shall (a) present calendar reports in such an order so as to 
expedite the business of the Conference, (b) advise the 
Committee on Presiding Officers as far ahead as is feasible of the 
calendar to be considered, (c) inform the presiding bishop of the 
priority status of the calendar, (d) keep an overview of calendar 
progress, and (e) give priority to calendar items involving 
majority and minority reports. The Secretary of the General 
Conference shall convene the Committee on Calendar. 

(3) Correlation and Editorial Revision. There shall be a 
committee of four known as the Committee on Correlation and 
Editorial Revision. This committee shall be composed of four 
persons not members of the General Conference, appointed by 
the Council of Bishops. The Book Editor shall be an ex-officio 
member. They shall be entitled to travel expense and per diem 
allowance, the same as the delegates. Two alternates shall be 
appointed by the Council of Bishops. The function of this 
committee shall be: 

(a) To review all proposed legislation reported in the Daily 
Christian Advocate and that presented in special reports to the 
General Conference and all legislation enacted by the General 
Conference. The Committee shall report promptly to the 
standing committees concerned, or to the General Conference as 
the situation may warrant, any and all contradictions, duplica- 
tions, and inconsistencies discovered therein. 

(h) To report to the chairpersons of the several standing 
legislative committees all changes it has made in the language of 
the reports adopted by the General Conference. 

(4) Courtesies and Privileges. There shall be a committee of 
sixteen, composed of one minister and one lay person from each 
Jurisdiction, one minister and one lay person from among the 



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delegates representing Annual Conferences outside the United 
States, and four members at large known as the Committee on 
Courtesies and Privileges, having the following duties and 
responsibilities: 

(a) To consider, as presented to it by members of the 
Conference, what said members regard as questions or matters 
of privilege, to decide whether they are such or not, and if they 
are regarded as being such, to recommend to the Conference that 
they be heard. (Note: Only questions or matters of privilege 
which are so urgent that they cannot wait for consideration by 
this committee may be presented immediately to the Conference, 
as provided in Rule 9.) 

(b) Members of the General Conference desiring the adoption 
of resolutions of commendation, courtesy, appreciation, etc., 
shall submit them in writing to the Committee on Courtesies and 
Privileges. The committee may initiate similar resolutions and 
edit and amend those submitted to it. Resolutions approved by 
the committee shall be printed in the Daily Christian Advocate, 
and brought to the floor if the committee considers them of 
unusual importance or urgency. 

(c) To arrange for extending courtesies of the Conference to 
any to whom they may be due, fraternal delegates and official 
visitors excepted. 

(d) To arrange for a memorial service, at some time agreeable 
to the Conference, for deceased delegates-elect, and for bishops 
and general officers of the Church who have died since the 
adjournment of the last preceding General Conference. 

(e) To limit its report, including the statement of the 
chairperson and the hearing of such persons as may be presented, 
to a maximum of ten minutes in any one business session. No 
person or persons shall be presented after the sixth day unless 
approved by a two-thirds vote of the Conference. 

(f) To prepare and publish in the Daily Christian Advocate, 
contemporaneously with the list of the nominees for election to 
the Judicial Council, biographical sketches not to exceed 100 
words in length for each nominee. 

(5) Credentials. There shall be a Committee on Credentials of 
seven members. To this Committee, the chairpersons of the 
respective annual conference delegations shall report on a form 
provided for that purpose any change in seating of delegates, 
indicating the length of time for which the change shall be 
effective. Through the Daily Christian Advocate, this Commit- 
tee shall, in turn, report to the Conference all changes in seating 
which have been reported to it and approved by it. In the event of 
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arise regarding the eligibility of seating any delegates, this 
Committee shall report to the General Conference with its 
recommendations. 

Any request for seating a person other than an elected 
delegate shall be submitted to the Credentials Committee for its 
consideration and recommendation. 

(6) Fraternal Delegates. There shall be a Committee on 
Fraternal Delegates of nine members, eight of whom shall be 
appointed by the Council of Bishops from the regularly elected 
delegates to the ensuing General Conference at the winter 
meeting of the Council of Bishops immediately preceding the 
General Conference and the Chairperson of the sub-Committee 
on Fraternal Delegates of the Commission on the General 
Conference. The Council of Bishops shall designate a temporary 
chairperson of the committee, who shall call the committee to 
meet at the seat of the General Conference at least one full day 
prior to the opening of the Conference. To this committee shall be 
referred all communications, credentials, and information in the 
hands of the Secretary or the Council of Bishops relating to 
fraternal delegates and official visitors. 

The function of the committee shall be to extend the courtesies 
of the Conference to the fraternal delegates and official visitors 
and present them to the General Conference. The terms 
"fraternal delegates" and "official visitors" shall be interpreted to 
include only persons who have been duly elected by the Christian 
communions of which they are respectively members, to 
represent the same before the General Conference, who present 
the appropriate credentials of such elections, and who have been 
invited through the Commission on the General Conference, after 
consultation with the Council of Bishops. 

In so far as possible the committee shall plan the presentation 
of such fraternal delegates and official visitors during the first 
week of the General Conference. 

(7) Journal. There shall be a committee of seven which shall 
daily examine the record of the Secretary, comparing it with the 
stenographic record, and report its findings to the Conference 
through the Daily Christian Advocate, unless a correction needs 
to be made. 

(8) Plan of Organization and Rules of Order. There shall be a 
Committee on Plan of Organization and Rules of Order of eleven 
members. The Secretary of the Conference shall be an ex-officio 
member and one of the eleven. To this committee shall be 
referred any proposed amendments to the Plan of Organization 
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other matters relating to parliamentary order or procedure in the 
business of the General Conference. 

This committee shall serve as an Interim Committee between 
sessions of the General Conference and shall restudy the Plan of 
Organization and Rules of Order and, after making such needed 
changes and adaptations therein as in its judgment are neces- 
sary, shall present them to the General Conference for considera- 
tion and final action, same to be published in the Journal of the 
General Conference. 

The Plan of Organization and Rules of Order of the General 
Conference shall be the Plan of Organization and Rules of Order 
as published in the Journal of the preceding General Conference 
until they have been altered or modified by the action of The 
General Conference. (See Discipline, 11 607.) 

(9) Presiding Officers. See div. Ill above. 

(10) Reference. There shall be a Committee on Reference 
composed of one ministerial and one lay representative from each 
Jurisdiction, at least two of whom shall be lawyers, one minister 
and one lay person from Annual Conferences outside the United 
States, and four members at large, to be appointed by the 
Council of Bishops from the regularly elected delegates to the 
ensuing General Conference at the winter meeting of the said 
Council of Bishops preceding the session of the General 
Conference. This committee shall be convened by the Secretary 
of the General Conference prior to and at the seat of the General 
Conference. After ascertaining that the petitions, resolutions, 
and similar communications dealing with the regular business of 
the Conference meet the requirements herein specified, this 
committee shall refer the same to the appropriate standing 
administrative or legislative committees. This committee shall be 
responsible for such assignment of all petitions which may be in 
the hands of the Secretary prior to the opening session, including 
the Episcopal Address, the book of printed Quadrennial Reports, 
all reports and recommendations from General Boards, General 
Councils, Standing or Special Commissions and Committees, and 
all other communications which shall come into the Secretary's 
hands after the convening of the General Conference, all of which 
shall be referred directly to appropriate Legislative Committees 
without presentation to a plenary session of the General 
Conference. (Par. 609 of the Discipline provides that petitions 
shall be in the hands of the Secretary not later than forty-five 
days before the opening of the Conference session; provided, 
however, the Secretary shall accept up to the opening day 
petitions from overseas and from Conferences meeting within 
forty-five days before the General Conference.) 



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The Committee on Reference may withdraw a paper after 
having assigned it to a committee, either upon a request or upon 
its own motion. It may also withhold from reference or 
publication any document it shall deem improper, promptly 
advising the author, or authors, thereof of its action in order that 
an appeal may be made to the Conference if desired. The 
committee shall publish as promptly as possible in the Daily 
Christian Advocate lists of the communications it has referred to 
the several standing committees, identifying each by number, 
title, origin, and destination. Where the Committee finds two or 
more substantially identical petitions, it may group them under 
one title and number, indicating the total number of petitions. In 
the case of a single petition signed by a number of people, the 
Committee need print only the name of the first signer, with an 
indication of the total number of signers. No petition shall be 
assigned by the Committee on Reference to any General 
Conference committee unless it comes from some organization, 
minister, or member of The United Methodist Church, and also 
contains information essential to the verification of the alleged 
facts concerning its origin. 

All petitions should be presented in triplicate. Each should deal 
with only one general subject, and so far as possible, only one 
chapter in the Discipline. Not more than one petition should be 
presented on a single sheet of paper, 

(11) Tellers. There shall be a committee of sixty, to act as 
tellers for the purpose of reporting on count votes and ballots 
ordered by the General Conference. The tellers shall be divided 
into two groups of thirty each. Each group shall have reserve 
tellers. The Secretary of the General Conference shall appoint 
tellers and reserve tellers whose names shall be printed in the 
Daily Christian Advocate. 

B. Standing Legislative Committees* 

The General Conference shall have the following standing 
legislative committees, which shall consider all proposals looking 
toward new legislation or changes in the present legislation of the 
church, including all reports and recommendations from General 
Boards, Councils, and Standing or Special Commissions or 



* The Committee on Plan of Organization and Rules of Order requested and 
received authority for the Interim Committee: (1) "to harmonize the paragraph 
numbers of the Discipline assigning responsibility of each Legislative Committee 
for the 1980 General Conference in keeping with the paragraphs as printed in the 
1976 Discipline, " and (2) "to determine the number and responsibilities of the 
Legislative Committees for the 1980 General Conference" (Journal, page 507). 



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Committees, and report recommendations relating thereto to the 
Conference. The term "legislative" as descriptive of the functions 
of these committees is not to be interpreted with absolute 
strictness, in as much as they may consider matters calculated to 
eventuate in the form of advices, resolutions, appeals, etc., as 
well as in legislation. 

(1) Church and Society. To this committee shall be referred 
all petitions, resolutions, etc., relating to the statement of Social 
Principles, social issues, and the work and concerns of the Board 
of Church and Society. {Discipline, Part III, HH 71-7, and 
HH 954-80.) Possible subcommittees: 

(a) General Welfare 
(h) World Peace 

(c) Human Relations 

(d) Emerging Social Issues 

(2) Conferences. To this committee shall be referred all 
petitions, resolutions, etc., relating to the composition and 
activities of the General, Jurisdictional, Annual, District, and 
Missionary Conferences, Missions and Affiliated Autonomous 
Churches, including the Annual and District Conference Councils 
on Ministries. {Discipline HH 7-47; 601-70; 831-36; 1444.) Petitions 
relating to Central Conferences shall be referred to the 
Commission on Central Conference Affairs {Discipline, H 1283). 
The Commission on Central Conference Affairs shall submit its 
report and any legislative proposals to this committee for study 
and review. Thereafter, when the Commission on Central 
Conference Affairs presents its report to the General Conference 
for action, the committee shall present its recommendations and 
may propose amendments. Other legislative committees consid- 
ering legislation affecting the organization of the Annual 
Conference shall refer such items to this committee with 
recommendations. Possible subcommittees: 

(a) General and Jurisdictional Conferences 
(h) Annual and District Conferences 

(c) Central and Missionary Conferences, Missions, and Af- 
fihated Autonomous Churches 

(3) Discipleship. To this committee shall be referred all 
petitions, resolutions, etc., relating to the work and concerns of 
the Board of Discipleship, Doctrine, Doctrinal Statements, and 
the General Rules. {Discipline HH 3; 68-70; 981-1076.) Possible 
subcommittees: 

(a) Evangelism, Worship, and Stewardship 

(h) Lay Life and Work 

(c) Education 

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(4) Higher Education and Ministry. To this committee shall 
be referred all petitions, resolutions, etc., relating to the work 
and concerns of the Board of Higher Education and Ministry or 
relating to the episcopacy. {Discipline HH 50-59; 301-400; 501-08; 
1189-1253; 1281.) Possible subcommittees: 

(a) Colleges and Universities 
(h) Schools of Theology 

(c) Ordained Ministry 

(d) Chaplains and Related Ministries 

(e) Lay Ministries and Personnel 

(5) Global Ministries. To this committee shall be referred all 
petitions, resolutions, etc., relating to the work and concerns of 
the Board of Global Ministries. 

{Discipline HH 1077-1188; 1284-89; 1443.) Possible subcommit- 
tees: 

(a) Missions and Relief 

(h) Ecumenical and Interreligious Concerns 

(c) Health and Welfare Ministries 

(d) Education and Cultivation 

(6) Local Church. To this committee shall be referred all 
petitions, resolutions, etc., relating to the organization of the 
local church and its membership, boards, councils, commissions, 
committees, etc., or relating to local church property. Other 
legislative committees considering legislation affecting the 
organization of the local church shall refer such items to this 
committee with recommendations. {Discipline 1111 48, 49; 101-63; 
1419-44.) Possible subcommittees: 

(a) Membership 

(h) Local Church Property 

(c) Charge Conference and Administrative Board and its 
Committees. 

(d) Council on Ministries, Work Areas, and Coordinators 

(7) Financial Administration. To this committee shall be 
referred all petitions, resolutions, etc., relating to the work and 
concerns of the Council on Finance and Administration, the 
Board of Pensions, and the Board of Publication, The budget and 
any legislative proposals prepared by the General Council on 
Finance and Administration shall be submitted to this committee 
for study and review. Thereafter, when the General Council on 
Finance and Administration presents its report to the General 
Conference for action, the committee shall present its recom- 
mendations and may propose amendments. {Discipline lllf 837-48; 
852-96; 907-53; 1254-63.) Possible subcommittees: 

(a) Council on Finance and Administration 
(h) Pensions 



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(c) Publishing Interests 

(8) Council on Ministries. To this committee shall be 
referred all petitions, resolutions, etc., relating to the work and 
concerns of the General and Jurisdictional Councils on Ministries, 
the Advance, and the Joint Committee on Communications. The 
report and any legislative proposals of the General Council on 
Ministries shall be submitted to this committee for study and 
review. Thereafter, when the General Council on Ministries 
presents its report to the General Conference for action, the 
committee shall present its recommendations and may propose 
amendments. {Discipline HH 824-30; 849-51; 897-906.) Possible 
subcommittees: 

(a) Council on Ministries 

(b) Communications 

(c) Program and Benevolence Interpretation 

(d) Advance 

(9) Independent Commissions. To this committee shall be 
referred all petitions, resolutions, etc., relating to the work and 
concerns of the Commission on ReUgion and Race, the Commis- 
sion on Archives and History, and the Commission on the Status 
and Role of Women. (Discipline 1111 1264-80; 1282.) Possible 
subcommittees: 

(a) ReUgion and Race 

(b) Archives and History 

(c) Status and Role of Women 

(10) Administrative Order. To this committee shall be 
referred all petitions, resolutions, etc., relating to the composi- 
tion and structure of the General Boards, Commissions, and 
Agencies, Church Property (other than local), and Judicial 
Administration and Enabling Acts. (Discipline HH 1,2, 4-6; 60-66; 
801-23; 1290-92; 1401-18; 1445; 1501-60; 1701-06.) Possible 
subcommittees: 

(a) General Boards, Commissions, and Agencies 

(b) Church Property 

(c) Judicial Administration and Enabling Acts 

C. Membership of Legislative Committees 

Each delegate shall serve as a member of one of the standing 
legislative committees numbered 1 to 10. Within the Annual 
Conference delegation each member shall choose from the 
legislative committees 1 to 10 the committee on which to serve, 
the choice being made in order of election. For the first General 
Conference after 1976, the minister first elected shall be entitled 
to the first choice, the lay delegate first elected to the second 



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choice, and thus the right of choice shall continue to alternate 
between ministerial and lay delegates in the order of their 
election. For subsequent General Conferences, first choice shall 
alternate between the lay and clergy delegates, provided that 
two members of a delegation may not serve on any one of the 
above-designated standing legislative committees 1 to 10 unless 
the said delegation is represented on each of them. All 
delegations composed of ten or more members shall assign all 
members in excess of ten according to this same principle of 
distribution. (For example, a Conference with sixteen delegates 
shall have two members on each of any six of these ten 
committees, and one on each of the remaining four. Similarly, a 
Conference with 32 delegates shall have four members on each of 
two committees and three on each of the remaining eight. Each 
delegate may, in the order herein indicated, select any one of 
these ten committees, provided that the foregoing division of 
delegates among the committees is maintained.) Whenever a 
delegation has more than one member on a legislative committee, 
its members shall be divided as equally as possible between lay 
and clergy. Thus, if there are three members on a committee, 
they shall be two clergy and one lay or vice versa. 

If a matter is under consideration in any standing legislative 
committee which in the judgment of any Annual Conference 
delegation vitally affects the interests of its constituency, and if 
the said Annual Conference is not represented in the membership 
of said committee, then the said delegation may choose one of its 
number to represent its Annual Conference in the committee 
when the matter judged to be vital to the interests of this 
constituency is under consideration. Such a person shall be 
entitled to sit with the committee while this particular matter is 
being considered and shall be entitled to the floor, subject to such 
limitations as are imposed on the regular members of said 
committee, but shall not be entitled to vote. Each person seated 
in the General Conference with right to speak but not vote may 
submit to the Secretary of the General Conference a choice of a 
legislative committee and shall have the same right in that 
committee to speak but not vote. 

D. Meeting of Committees 

(1) For Organization. All standing legislative and administra- 
tive committees shall meet for organization at such time as the 
Commission on the General Conference shall determine. A 
Bishop appointed by the Council of Bishops and an assistant 
secretary appointed by the Secretary of the General Conference 



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shall serve, respectively, as chairperson and secretary to effect 
an organization in each of the several standing committees. The 
first meeting of the legislative committees shall be held as soon as 
possible following the first plenary session of the General 
Conference. The election of committee officers shall be the first 
item of business. 

(a) The election of chairperson, vice-chairperson, and secre- 
tary of each standing committee, both administrative and 
legislative, shall be by ballot. 

(h) The Secretary of the General Conference shall be 
responsible for arranging for a coaching meeting for all 
chairpersons, vice-chairpersons, and secretaries of legislative 
committees, as soon as possible after their elections. This 
coaching shall include instruction in their duties, all procedures in 
the handling of petitions, the times of the daily deadUne for 
publishing reports, and other information to expedite the work of 
the committees. The Commission on the General Conference is 
requested to arrange for a time and place for such a meeting. 

(2) Regular Meetings. The standing legislative committees 1 to 
10 inclusive shall meet for business as scheduled by the Agenda 
Committee unless otherwise ordered by the Conference, until 
their work is completed, and at such other times as the 
committees may themselves determine. 

(3) Quorum for Committee Meetings. A majority of the 
members shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of 
business in all committees. 

(4) Each legislative committee shall estabUsh an area in which 
only voting committee members will be seated. Staff, resource 
persons, and visitors may speak only when authorized, in each 
instance by specific committee action. 

(5) Legislative committees are urged to give priority to 
significant and controversial legislation so that their reports on 
such matters may be printed as soon as possible in the Daily 
Christian Advocate and considered by the General Conference. 

(6) Minority reports should be encouraged so that differing 
views held by a significant portion of the committee may be 
carefully prepared and expressed and the issues clearly defined 
for decision by the General Conference. Adequate time should be 
given for the minority to prepare its report and every effort made 
to have the majority and minority reports printed together in the 
Daily Christian Advocate. (See Rules 17, 23, 33, and 36.) 

E. Function and Authority of Committees 

(1) The standing administrative committees, without specific 



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instruction or direction from the Conference, shall assume 
responsibility for considering and reporting to the Conference 
upon all matters which would logically fall within their respective 
purviews, if it seems wise to do so, as these are indicated 
hereinbefore. 

(2) The standing legislative committees may not originate 
business, but shall consider and report only upon that which is 
referred to them directly by the Conference or through the 
Committee on Reference, the Agenda Committee, or the 
Committee on Calendar. (See Rule 31.) 



VII. PROPOSAL INVOLVING EXPENDITURE 
OF UNBUDGETED FUNDS 

When any proposal is submitted to the General Conference to 
establish an interim or continuing board, commission, or 
committee, before final action is taken by the General Conference 
establishing such board, commission, or committee, said proposal 
shall be referred to the General Council on Finance and 
Administration or its executive committee, with the request that 
it bring to the General Conference an estimated budget of the 
expense of operation of the proposed board, commission, or 
committee for the next quadrennium and a statement of how the 
adoption of such proposal will affect the budget or budgets for the 
existing boards, commissions, or committees as already pre- 
sented by the General Council on Finance and Administration. 

When any proposal is submitted to the General Conference 
which involves the expenditure of funds not included in an 
established budget, such proposal shall be referred for advice and 
recommendation to the General Council on Finance and Adminis- 
tration before final action is taken by the General Conference. 



VIII. DELEGATES' EXPENSE ACCOUNTS 

(1) The report of the chairpersons of the respective annual 
conference delegations shall be the basis for settlement with 
principal and reserve delegates for their per diem allowances. 

(2) The total traveUng expense shall be payable to the principal 
delegate if present and seated. If during the session of the 
Conference a reserve delegate is seated for a principal delegate, 
the principal delegate shall adjust the travel expense with such 
reserve on the basis of the time served by each. 

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the basis of railroad fp^'e by the most direct route (clergy fare for 
ministers), lower berth or roomette (Pullman) and meals en 
route, or by air coach. Overseas delegates shall be allowed travel 
expenses on the basis of roundtrip tourist air fare, directly to and 
from the seat of the Conference. Additional expenses may be 
allowed such delegates for arrival and departure not to exceed 
two days in either case. Unavoidable exceptions to this Hmitation 
of two days before and two days after General Conference, due to 
transportation schedules, must be approved by the General 
Council on Finance and Administration. The per diem expense 
allowance for all such days before and after General Conference 
shall be at the same rate as granted delegates during General 
Conference. When one or more delegates come in the same 
automobile, the owner will be allowed 12 cents per mile plus the 
cost of room and meals en route. Guest passengers who are the 
principal delegates to the General Conference shall submit only 
the cost of room and meals en route. Maximum use of automobiles 
for travel may not exceed 1,000 miles round-trip for reimburse- 
ment purposes. If automobile travel exceeds 1,0(X) miles round- 
trip, reimbursement will be based upon round-trip air coach fare, 
rather than mileage. In all cases delegates shall report only the 
actual cost of travel. 



IX. MATERIAL TO BE INCLUDED 
IN THE DISCIPLINE 

(1) No non-legislative material shall be ordered printed in the 
Discipline without first referring it to the Committee on 
Correlation and Editorial Revision for consideration and report 
to the General Conference for further consideration and final 
action. 

(2) The Book Editor, the Secretary of the General Conference 
and the Publisher of the United Methodist Church shall be 
charged with editing the Discipline and Book of Resolutions. The 
Editors, in the exercise of their judgment, shall have the 
authority to make changes in phraseology as may be necessary to 
harmonize legislation without changing its substance. 

X. DISTRIBUTION TO DESKS OF MEMBERS 

After the first day, only the Daily Christian Advocate shall be 
placed on the desks of the members, with additional copies for the 
first ministerial and first lay reserve delegate from each 
delegation. 



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XL REPORTS TO BE MAILED BEFORE GENERAL 
CONFERENCE 

The reports and recommendations of all Councils, Boards and 
Standing Committees or Special Commissions or Committees to 
the General Conference shall be printed in an Advance Edition of 
the Daily Christian Advocate and mailed to all delegates and to 
the first ministerial and first lay reserve delegates at least sixty 
days prior to the opening of the General Conference. Such 
reports shall be printed in the same size and style as the Daily 
Christian Advocate and be punched for binding. In order to 
accomplish this, the finished copy of all such reports and 
recommendations shall be submitted to the editor of the Daily 
Christian Advocate at least 120 days prior to the opening of the 
General Conference. Any such reports and recommendations not 
so submitted, and not printed in an Advance Edition of the Daily 
Christian Advocate, shall be received by the General Conference 
only upon the approval of three-fourths vote of the General 
Conference. 



RULES OF ORDER 
I. DAILY SCHEDULE 

Rule 1. Hours of Meetings 

The following shall be the daily order for the General 
Conference, Sundays excepted: 

(1) 8:30 A.M. to 9:00 A.M. — Devotional service under direc- 
tion of the Council of Bishops. 

(2) 9:00 A.M. to 12:30 P.M.— Conference business or commit- 
tee meetings. 

(3) 2:30 P.M. to 5:00 P.M. — Conference business or committee 
meetings. 

(4) 7:30 P.M. — Evening programs as planned by the Commis- 
sion on the General Conference, Conference business, or 
committee meetings. 

(5) Recess may be called during any plenary session at a time 
deemed appropriate by the presiding bishop. 

Rule 2. Order of Business 

After devotional service the daily sessions of the Conference 
shall be conducted as follows: 

(1) Reports of standing administrative and special committees. 

(2) Agenda and calendar items. 

(3) Miscellaneous business. 



IL PRESIDING OFFICERS 

Rule 3. Authority of the Chairperson 

The bishop presiding shall be the legal chairperson of the 
General Conference. The chairperson shall decide points of order 
raised by the members, and shall rule on points of order not 
raised by the members, as the chair deems necessary to conform 
to these rules of order; subject, in both cases, to an appeal to the 
Conference by any member without debate; except that the 
chairperson and the appellant, in the order here named, shall 
each have five minutes for a statement in support of their 
respective positions. A tie vote in the case of appeal shall sustain 
the chair. Any member who raises a point of order shall cite, by 
number, the rule adjudged to have been violated. The presiding 
bishop shall have the right to recess a session of the General 
Conference at any time at the chair's discretion and to reconvene 

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at such time as the chair shall announce. The presiding bishop 
shall also have the right to stipulate that the session shall 
reconvene with only delegates, authorized personnel and au- 
thorized guests permitted to attend such a session following 
recess. 

Rule 4. Calling the Conference to Order 

When the chairperson stands and calls the Conference to 
order, no member shall speak, address the chair, or stand, while 
the chairperson stands. 



III. RIGHTS AND DUTIES OF MEMBERS 

Rule 5. Attendance and Seating Reserves 

No member, unless hindered by sickness or otherwise from 
being present, shall be absent from the sessions of the 
Conference without permission of the Conference; and all 
absentees shall be reported by the chairpersons of the several 
Annual Conference delegations to the Committee on Credentials 
on a form provided for this purpose. A reserve delegate may be 
seated when the substitution has been reported in writing to the 
Committee on Credentials on a form provided for this purpose. If 
the Credentials Committee finds the substitution in order, it shall 
so report in the Daily Christian Advocate as soon as practical. If 
the Committee disapproves the substitution, after consultation 
with the chairperson of the delegation, it may report to the 
Greneral Conference with its recommendation. 

Rule 6. Directions for Securing the Floor 

A delegate desiring to speak to the Conference shall arise in 
place, holding up the placard provided for that purpose. Unless 
raising a point of order or parliamentary inquiry, the delegate 
shall not speak until given the floor. When two or more delegates 
rise simultaneously, the presiding bishop is requested to consider 
the various sections of the auditorium in rotation. The delegate 
recognized shall proceed to the nearest microphone and shall first 
announce her or his name and the name of the Annual Conference 
represented; which, in turn, the bishop shall then announce to the 
Conference. 

Rule 7. Interrupting the Speaker 

No member who has the floor may be interrupted except for a 
breach of order, or a misrepresentation, or to direct the attention 
of the Conference to the fact that the time has arrived for a 
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Rule 8. Speaking More Than Once; 
Length of Speech 

No member shall speak a second time on the same question if 
any member who has not spoken desires the floor, no more than 
twice on the same subject under the same motion, and no longer 
than six minutes unless that time shall be extended by the 
Conference, except as provided in Rule 37. This six-minute limit 
may be amended by a majority vote of the Conference at any 
time, and for any period of duration. 

Rule 9. Question of High Privilege 

A member claiming the floor at any time for what the member 
believes is a very urgent question of high privilege shall be 
allowed to indicate briefly the nature of the question and, if it be 
adjudged by the chair to be such, may proceed as desired or until 
the chairperson judges that the privilege has been exhausted. 
(See Plan of Organization, div. VI, sec. A, subs. 4a.) 

Rule 10. Voting Area of Conference 

Only delegates within the area of the Conference when the 
vote is taken shall be entitled to vote. All delegates within the 
area at the time a question is put shall vote, except such as shall 
have been excused for special reasons by the Conference. 

Rule 11. Voting Procedure 

Voting shall be by a show of hands unless otherwise ordered by 
the Conference. An "aye" and "nay" vote, if taken, shall be by 
signed ballot. An "aye" or "nay" vote by secret ballot may be 
ordered on call of any member, supported by one-third of the 
members present and voting. A count vote may be ordered on 
call of any member supported by one-third of the members 
present and voting, in which case the delegates shall rise from 
their seats and stand until counted. 

No other business shall be in order when a vote is being taken 
or when the previous question has been called, until the process 
is completed, except such as relates to the vote itself, or that 
which can be appropriately fitted into the time while waiting for 
the report of the secretaries on a count vote, or an "aye" or "nay" 
vote. The count shall be made by the Committee of Tellers as 
appointed and assigned by the Secretary of General Conference. 

Rule 12. Division of Question 

Before a vote is taken any delegate shall have the right to call 
for a division of any question, if it is subject to such division as the 
delegate indicates. If no delegate objects, the division shall be 



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made; but if there is objection, the chair shall put the question of 
division to vote, not waiting for a second. 

Rule 13. Vote by Orders 

The ministerial and lay delegates shall deliberate as one body; 
but upon a call, by motion of any delegate, seconded by another 
delegate of the same order and supported by one-third of the 
members of that order voting, the ministerial and lay delegates 
shall vote separately. But when the Conference votes by orders, 
no measure shall be passed without the concurrence of a majority 
of both classes of delegates. In cases of such a vote the order 
calling for it shall vote first; provided, however, that the 
Conference may not vote by orders on a proposed amendment to 
the Constitution. {Discipline, HI! 64-66.) 



IV. BUSINESS PROCEDURE 

Rule 14. Motion for Adoption of Reports 
and Resolutions Unnecessary 

Whenever a report of a committee signed by the chairperson 
and secretary thereof, or a resolution signed by two or more 
members of the Conference, shall be presented to the Conference 
for its action, it shall be deemed in proper order for consideration 
by the Conference without the formality of a motion to adopt, and 
a second thereto. 

Rule 15. Required Forms for Reports, 
Resolutions, Motions, Amendments 

All resolutions and committee reports shall be presented in 
triplicate; and, when requested by the Secretary, motions, 
including amendments, shall be presented in writing. 

Rule 16. Reading of Reports and Resolutions 

All resolutions, committee reports, and communications to the 
Conference shall be read by the Secretary except as otherwise 
provided in Rule 34. 

Rule 17. Alterations of Motions, etc. 

When a motion is made and seconded, or a resolution is 
introduced and seconded, or a committee report is read, or is 
pubHshed in the Daily Christian Advocate, it shall be deemed to 
be in possession of the Conference, and may not be altered except 
by action of the Conference. (See Rule 33.) 



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Rule 18. Undebatable Motions 

The following motions shall be acted upon without debate: 

(1) To adjourn, when unqualified, except to adjourn the 
Conference finally. 

(2) To suspend the rules. 

(3) To lay on the table, except as provided in Rule 37. 

(4) To take from the table. 

(5) To call for the previous question. 

(6) To reconsider a non-debatable motion. 

(7) To limit or extend the limits of debate. 

(8) To call for the orders of the day. 

Rule 19. Rights of the Main Question 

The main question may be opened to debate under the 
following motions: to adopt, to commit or refer, to substitute, to 
postpone, and to reconsider. No new motion, resolution, or 
subject shall be entertained until the one under consideration 
shall have been disposed of except as provided in Rule 11. The 
foregoing does not apply to secondary motions if otherwise 
allowable in the existing parUamentary situation. 

Rule 20. Precedence of Secondary Motions 

If any one or more of the following motions shall be made when 
one or more other motions are pending, the order of their 
precedence in relation to one another shall be the same as the 
order of their listing below: 

(1) To fix the time to which the Conference shall adjourn. (This 
motion is subject to amendment, or it may be laid on the 
table.) 

(2) To adjourn. 

(3) To take recess. 

(4) To order the previous question. 

(5) To lay on the table. 

(6) To limit or extend the limits of debate. 

(7) To postpone to a given time. 

(8) To commit or refer. 

(9) To amend or to substitute (one amendment being allowed 
to an amendment). 

(10) To postpone indefinitely. 

Rule 21. Tabling Related Motions 

No motion which adheres to another motion, or has another 
motion adhering to it, can be laid on the table by itself Such 
motions, if laid on the table, carry with them the motions to 
which they respectively adhere, or which adhere to them. 



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Rule 22. Referring Reports, etc. 

It shall be in order for the Conference to refer to a committee a 
section or part of a report or resolution which is before the 
Conference for consideration, or any amendment offered thereto. 

Rule 23. Procedure for Consideration of Substitutes 

When a resolution or committee report is properly before the 
Conference for consideration and action, even if amendments 
thereto are pending, a substitute therefor may be offered by any 
member moving that the same be substituted for the report or 
resolution under consideration. The Conference shall then 
proceed first to perfect the original report or resolution, 
including consideration and action upon any amendments which 
may be offered to it. The same perfecting process shall then be 
followed with respect to the substitute. The question shall then 
be put first on the motion to substitute, followed by the motion to 
adopt the report or resolution; provided, however, that the 
motion for the previous question shall not be in order on the 
adoption of the report or recommendation or on making the 
proposed substitution until opportunity has been given for at 
least two members to speak on each side of the question of 
substitution or adoption. 

Rule 24. Previous Question 

Any member who moves the previous question (that is, that 
the vote be now taken on the motion or motions pending), shall 
also indicate to what it is intended to apply, if any secondary 
motion or motions are also pending. If said member does not so 
indicate, it shall be regarded as applying only to the immediately 
pending question. This motion shall be taken without debate, and 
shall require a two-thirds vote of those present and voting for its 
adoption; and if it is adopted, the vote shall be taken on the 
motion or motions to which it applies without further debate 
except as provided in Rule 37. (See also Rules 18, 23, 25.) 

Rule 25. Unlawful Motion After Speech 

It shall not be in order for a member immediately after 
discussing a pending question, and before relinquishing the floor, 
to make a motion whose adoption would limit or stop debate. 

Rule 26. Exceptions to Majority Vote 

A majority of those voting, a quorum being present, shall 
decide all questions with the following exceptions. 

(1) One-third of those present and voting shall suffice to 
sustain a call for a count vote in case the decision of the chair is 



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doubted. (See Rule 11.) A tie vote sustains the chair (Rule 3). 

(2) A call for a vote by orders shall prevail if sustained by 
one-third of the members of the order from which the call came, 
present and voting. (See Rule 13.) 

(3) A two-thirds vote shall be required to sustain a motion to 
suspend (Rule 39) or amend (Rule 40) the rules; to sustain a 
motion for the previous question (Rule 24); to set aside a special 
order; to consider a special order before the time set therefor; to 
sustain the request of the Committee on Courtesies and 
Privileges for the presentation of any person after the sixth day 
of the General Conference. 

(4) A two-thirds vote shall be required to approve a proposal 
for a constitutional amendment. (Discipline, HH 64-66.) 

Rule 27. Reconsideration 

A motion to reconsider an action of the Conference shall be in 
order at any time if offered by a member who voted with the 
prevailing side. If the motion it is proposed to reconsider is 
non-debatable, the motion to reconsider may not be debated. 

Rule 28. Calendars, Regular and Non-Concurrence 

The Secretary shall keep a chronological record of orders of the 
day and of reports of committees (See Rule 32), which record 
shall be called the Calendar; and the matters of business placed 
on it shall be considered as recommended by the Committee on 
Calendar, unless by a two-thirds vote of the Conference an item 
is taken up out of its order. 

When a committee presents a report on a given subject, as a 
part of its report, it must also Ust the numbers of all petitions 
relating to this subject on which the committee voted non- 
concurrence. 

Rule 29. Motion to Adjourn in Order Except — 

The motion to adjourn, when unqualified, shall be taken 
without debate, and shall always be in order, except: 

(1) When a delegate has the floor. 

(2) When a question is actually put, or a vote is being taken, 
and before it is finally decided. 

(3) When the previous question has been ordered and action 
thereunder is pending. 

(4) When a motion to adjourn has been lost, and no business or 
debate has intervened. 

(5) When the motion to fix the time to which the Conference 
shall adjourn is pending. 

The foregoing does not apply to a motion for final adjournment 
of the Conference. 



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V. COMMITTEES 

Rule 30. Rules of Order of Legislative Committees 

The rules of order of the General Conference shall be observed 
in meetings of standing legislative committees in so far as they 
apply. 

Rule 31. Duties and Prerogatives of Committees 

As its first work, a committee shall evaluate its petitions, come 
to agreements regarding priority, and outline its work on the 
basis of those priorities. 

When a petition or resolution or any similar item is referred to 
one of the several standing legislative committees, it shall be 
understood that the whole question with which the paper has to 
do is referred to that committee for such action as it may deem 
wise. Committees shall report to the Conference upon all matters 
referred to them by the Conference, directly or through the 
Committee on Reference. Committee reports on resolutions, 
petitions, etc., shall cite the same, identifying them by numbers 
they bear respectively in the published reports of the Committee 
on Reference, or in some other suitable manner. 

When a committee ascertains that another committee is or, in 
its judgment, should be considering a subject which the former is 
considering, it shall report the matter to the Committee on 
Reference for such adjustment as the situation may require. 

Rule 32. Legislative Committees Report 
to Secretary 

As quickly as material can be prepared, each secretary of a 
standing legislative committee shall present a clearly marked 
original work copy of the committee's report, signed by the 
committee chairperson and secretary, to the Secretary of the 
Conference. The original work copy shall be marked with the 
priority the committee places on that subject. The Secretary of 
the Conference shall receive said reports, type them in triplicate, 
enter them into the calendar and furnish the editor of the Daily 
Christian Advocate with one of the copies for publication. 

Committee and minority reports which propose changes in the 
Discipline shall give chapter, section and paragraph to be 
affected and shall be prepared in the following manner: existing 
words used as reference points shall be in quotes; words to be 
deleted shall be single-underscored; words to be added shall be 
double-underscored. In pubUcation of these reports The Daily 
Christian Advocate shall substitute italics for single underscor- 
ing and boldface for double underscoring. 



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Rule 33. Published Reports 
in Possession of Conference 

Reports submitted by the committee according to the deadUne 
as announced by the Secretary of the Conference shall appear in 
the next day's Daily Christian Advocate. The report as printed 
in the Daily Christian Advocate becomes the official copy, 
subject only to grammatical or other obvious editorial changes, 
and shall be regarded as in the possession of the Conference. On 
the day following its first appearance in the Daily Christian 
Advocate, or any time thereafter, a report is in order for 
consideration at the pleasure of the Conference. The same rule 
shall apply to a report of a minority of any committee signed by 
one-tenth of the members of the committee, or by ten members 
thereof. (See Rule 17.) 

Rule 34. Preparation and Printing of Reports 

All committee reports shall be presented to the Secretary of 
the Conference in tripUcate on paper provided therefor, and shall 
bear at the top the name of the committee, its total membership, 
the number present at the time the report was adopted, the 
number voting for and the number voting against the report 
respectively, and the number not voting. In addition to 
concurrence or non-concurrence, a committee may recommend 
referral to the next General Conference, or to a Board, Council, 
Commission, or committee, either for action or for report to the 
next General Conference. Reports of the standing legislative 
committees shall be printed in the Daily Christian Advocate at 
least one day before being presented for consideration by the 
Conference, and they shall not be read unless by its order. 

Reports of minorities of committees adopted by them with a 
view to their being offered as substitutes for committee reports 
(see Rule 33) shall likewise conform to this rule so far as it is 
applicable, indicating clearly to what committee the respective 
minorities belong and for what reports by serial number, etc., 
they propose the respective substitutes. 

Rule 35. Committee Chairperson 
Not in Harmony With Report 

When the chairperson of a committee is not in harmony with a 
report adopted by the committee, it shall be the chairperson's 
duty to state the fact to the committee, which shall elect one of its 
members to represent it in the presentation and discussion of the 
report in the Conference; but if, in such a case, the committee 
shall fail to select a representative, the chairperson shall 
designate a member to represent the committee, and said 



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representatives shall have all the rights and privileges of the 
chairperson in relation to such report. 

Rule 36. Presentation of Report of Minority 

A member selected by the signers of a report of a minority of a 
committee (see Rule 33) to present the same shall have the same 
rights and privileges in relation thereto which belong to the 
chairperson in the presentation of the regular (majority) report of 
the committee, except that such member may not present said 
minority report until the majority report has been presented, and 
shall then offer it as a substitute therefor, and except, further, 
that in closing the debate on the question of making the 
substitution the member presenting the minority report shall 
speak first and the chairperson last. (See Rule 23.) 

Rule 37. Speakers For and Against 

When the report of a committee is under consideration, it shall 
be the duty of the presiding officer to ascertain, when recognizing 
a member of the Conference, on which side the member proposes 
to speak; and the chair shall not assign the floor to any member 
proposing to speak on the same side of the pending question as 
the speaker immediately preceding if any member desires to 
speak on the other side thereof. 

Except for undebatable motions, no report shall be adopted or 
question relating to the same decided without opportunity having 
been given for at least two speeches for and two against the said 
proposal, provided that right is claimed before the chairperson or 
duly authorized member representing the committee's report or 
the minority report, if there be such, is presented to close the 
debate. 

When all have spoken who desire to do so, or when (and after) 
the previous question has been ordered, the chairperson or/and 
duly authorized member or members presenting the committee's 
report (and the minority report if there be one) shall be entitled 
to speak before the vote is taken. 

This right of the chairperson and/or other member or members 
to close the debate shall prevail in Uke manner to a Hmit of five 
minutes when a vote is about to be taken on a motion to amend, to 
substitute, to postpone, to refer, or to lay on the table or any 
other motion whose adoption would vitally affect the report 
under consideration; provided, that this five-minute limit shall 
not apply to a motion to substitute a minority report (see Rule 33) 
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Rule 38. Effective Date 

All legislation of the General Conference of The United 
Methodist Church shall become effective January 1 following the 
session of the General Conference at which it is enacted, unless 
otherwise specified (this rule to become effective with the 1980 
General Conference). 



VI. SUSPENDING, AMENDING, AND 
SUPPLEMENTING 

Rule 39. Suspension of Rules 

The operation of any of the provisions of the Plan of 
Organization or of these Rules of Order may be suspended at any 
time by a two-thirds vote of the Conference. (See Rule 26, subs. 
3.) 

Rule 40. Amending Rules 

The Plan of Organization and these Rules of Order may be 
amended or changed by a two-thirds vote of the Conference; 
provided the proposed change or amendment has originated in 
the Committee on Plan of Organization and Rules of Order, or 
has been presented to the Conference in writing and referred to 
this committee, which committee shall report thereon not later 
than the following day. (See Rule 26, subs. 3.) 

Rule 41. Robert's Rules of Order, 
Supplemental Authority 

In any parliamentary situation not clearly covered by the Plan 
of Organization or these Rules of Order, the General Conference 
shall be governed in its action by the current edition of Robert's 
Rules of Order. 

Rule 42. Persons Without Right to 
Make or Second Motions 

A person seated in the Conference with the right to speak, but 
without vote, does not have the right to make a motion or second 
motions. 



THE 

EPISCOPAL 

ADDRESS 



Delivered by Bishop James S. Thomas on Tuesday 

evening, April 27, 1976, for the Council of Bishops 

of The United Methodist Church 

Mr. Chairman, Brothers and Sisters of the General Conference 
of 1976, Friends: 

This General Conference convenes with a keen awareness of its 
history and heritage. It was so from the beginning. When 
Bishops Coke and Asbury presented the first "Form of 
Discipline" to the Methodist Episcopal Church of 1789, they were 
writing under the light of the Clwistmas Conference of 1784. 
There the foundations of our understanding of Wesleyan 
discipleship were laid. 

In the preface to the first Form of Discipline, Bishops Coke and 
Asbury said: 

We esteem it our duty and privilege most earnestly to 

recommend to you as members of our church, our Form of 

Discipline, which has been founded on the experience of 50 

years in Europe, and of 20 years in America; as also on the 

observations and remarks we have made on ancient and 

modern churches. (1) 

All subsequent Books of Discipline, among the Methodist, 
Evangelical, and United Brethren Churches, have taken special 
account of the heritage of those who are called to reform the 
continent and spread scriptural holiness throughout the land. We 
shall do no less in this session which meets during the 
bicentennial observance of the United States of America. 

Since our last General Conference in 1972, 13 bishops have 
died. We remember them in loving praise of their faithful service 
as ministers of Jesus Christ. Their ministry in the episcopacy 
greatly enriched our council fellowship and the life of the larger 
Church as well. 



Worm of Discipline for the Ministers, Preachers, and Members of the 
Methodist Episcopal Church in America; New York, printed by William Ross, 
MDCC LXXXIX. 

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PERSPECTIVE 

When we reflect upon the work of The United Methodist 
Church over the last 12 years, we are led both to gratitude and to 
challenge. This is the eighth session of the General Conferences 
from 1964 to 1976; all enrich this present session in its ministry to 
our Church today and tomorrow. 

In 1966, while The Methodist Church was still deeply involved 
in the Central Jurisdiction issue, a special session of the General 
Conference met to prepare for union with the Evangelical United 
Brethren Church. The Evangelical United Brethren Church also 
met in its General Conference to consider union. In 1968, the 
union was consummated in Dallas, Texas, several important 
studies were authorized, and a Commission on Religion and Race 
was created. In 1970, we met for interim reports and to complete 
some unfinished business from the 1968 General Conference. 

In 1972, the General Conference accepted reports from its 
Structure Study Commission, Social Principles Commission, and 
Commission on Doctrine and Doctrinal Standards. It also 
authorized a General Council on Ministries and four major 
commissions — a Commission to Study the Ministry (full ordina- 
tion and clergy rights had been granted to Methodist women in 
1956), a Commission to Study the Episcopacy and District 
Superintendency, the Commission on the Status and Role of 
Women, and a Continuing Commission on the Black Colleges. 

It was a dramatic moment when the vote was taken, in the 
Methodist General Conference of 1956, granting full clergy rights 
to women. We meet today on the 20th anniversary of that action. 

We gratefully acknowledge a growing sensitivity to the equal 
status and role of women in The United Methodist Church. But 
we are quick to point out that this is no time to measure progress 
by the standards of 1956. This was a very late time to 
acknowledge that women have literally kept many churches alive 
in their ministry of the laity. The United Brethren, now a part of 
The United Methodist Church, authorized the ordination of 
women at its 1889 General Conference and had its ministry 
enriched by many women serving as pastors and evangelists. The 
time has come to affirm clearly the equal rights of women to 
occupy any executive position in the Church. A combination of 
forces has led us to see the richness of the contribution which 
women, both lay and clergy, have made and are making to The 
United Methodist Church. But the struggle for women's rights 
and equality is only beginning in world consciousness, and The 
United Methodist Church has a heavy responsibility in this 
struggle. 

In the fall of 1975, there were 814 women enrolled in United 



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Methodist theological seminaries. Five hundred fifty-five of these 
students were enrolled in Master of Divinity curricula. The 
graduation and appointment of these women will enrich a clergy 
once exclusively reserved for males and express a vital mutuality 
in the ministry of the Church. 

Now we come together after a quadrennium of dedicated work 
and solid achievement in the restructured Church. Valued 
insights have come from new doctrinal standards and social 
principles. We mention the intensity of our work since 1972 in 
order that we may share our vision of the faith that defines our 
life; the ministry that expresses our life; the discipline that orders 
our life; the mission that motivates our life; and the grace that 
transforms our life. 

We begin, not with business and legislation — as important as 
these are — but with a fresh emphasis on Jesus Christ for all our 
living. It is he who calls us into being and gives meaning to 
whatever we do here. Plainly, we are here to recognize and 
respond to his Lordship, to plan for his mission in the world, and 
to divide the labor and pass the legislation that will be consistent 
with such discipleship. 

Christ calls us to wholeness in mission and ministry. We are 
not here to choose various themes that will rove over the 
landscape looking for a place to center down. Jesus Christ is the 
center, and his ministry in the world is what we are about. No 
disjointed series of brilliant flashes here or there can substitute 
for him. In this Christ-center, we will both frame and express our 
special ministries, whatever may be their name. By him we are 
defined and to him we are — each and all — accountable. 

To get a clear theological perspective is our first order of 
business. But neither our Lord nor our heritage will permit 
doctrine, however clear, to be a haven. It is the world that God 
loves and the world for which he gives his Son. We are the 
Church within a world where the velocity of history will not allow 
us to escape the enormous problems of living, both personally and 
socially, in our times. To be the Church in the world, we must be 
ecumenical in our outlook and worldwide in our perspective. It 
cannot be said too clearly that The United Methodist Church is a 
worldwide church, and we celebrate this breadth of our witness 
as we assemble from all sections of the world. 

The concerns to which we call your attention relate both to the 
life of the world and the life of the Church in the world; and the 
first of these is world hunger. 

HUMAN HUNGERS 

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are victims of our own progress, especially in technology. The 
production of foodstuffs has grown dramatically in some parts of 
the world and lagged tragically behind in others. It is ironic that 
there is less food in the more populous countries than in others. 
For the first time in decades the word "famine" has reentered our 
vocabulary because it has become a tragic fact of human 
existence. 

Experts talk of selective starvation, population control, 
theology as seen through the perspective of hunger issues, the 
politics of relief. For our purpose here, the major emphasis must 
be upon Christian discipleship in a world of hunger. We begin 
with the call to hope in the midst of problems so gigantic that to 
think long without action is to invite paralysis. 

We recognize that most of us come from places where there is 
abundance, even waste. We are called to life-styles which 
express our intention to contribute that over which we have the 
most control. Ours must be a personal life of simplicity and 
sharing in the spirit of Him who came not to be ministered unto 
but to minister. It must also be a life of voluntary frugality and 
generosity as a witness of our faith to a world in desperate need. 

As bishops in the Church, we are gratefiil to recog- 
nize the responses of many of our Annual Conferences to 
hunger appeals. Several milUons of dollars have been sent 
through the United Methodist Committee on Relief and 
through other agencies designed to help those who hunger. If 
these figures could be assembled in one place, they would reveal 
a witness of meaningful proportions. If such generosity is 
voluntarily continued, there is hope that, in the spirit of Christ, a 
new pattern of life will go far towards short-run solutions of an 
enormous problem. For the future, we must direct the full force 
of our technology and national legislation toward areas at home 
and abroad where they are most needed. 

Clearly, a simpler life-style is an urgent necessity. It is 
certainly required of Christians to do much more. The conscience 
and sensitivity of the affluent nations need greatly to be raised. A 
clear understanding and example of Christian ethics and high 
morality in national and international affairs is at a high-priority 
level. The Church cannot allow the present motivations of 
national self-interest to foster the politics of relief. We must — 
with clarity and consistency — proclaim that God is the creator of 
all the resources which we hold in stewardship. They are not ours 
in any lasting sense. 

The solidarity of the human family is no longer a romantic 
dream. True, we have particularities and differences in culture, 
color, heritage, and history; and these are often quite dramatic. 



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But there is nothing more dramatic than the facts that all human 
beings breathe the same air, all are in need of food to eat, and all 
want the opportunity for abundant Hving. 

This General Conference, therefore, will not allow itself to be 
diverted from the human issues in world hunger. Nor will it be 
overwhelmed by a problem of such proportions as to stagger the 
minds of experts. What we, above all other institutions, are 
called upon to share is what the world needs supremely — a 
vibrant and intelligent faith in the Christ who ministered to the 
physical hungers of people who came to him when their spiritual 
hungers prompted them to neglect physical hungers. We must 
have a general caring for the whole human family. We must 
proclaim the message that all persons are God's children and we 
are all tied together, finally, in a common destiny. 

We see a close connection between the current interest in 
feeding the hungry and the Bishop's Call for Peace and the 
Self-development of Peoples. While notable progress has been 
made, much more remains to be done by United Methodists and 
the entire Methodist family. We also commend those Annual 
Conferences whose leadership has actively and intelligently 
sought national legislation aimed at alleviating world hunger. If 
we can accept the miracles of space exploration because human 
beings put massive effort into the enterprise, we shall also accept 
the goal of feeding the world's hungry. The call of Christ is clear: 
that we must feed the hungry and visit the prisoner in our 
discipleship, acting both from Christian conscience and human 
compassion. We must close the gap between those who have in 
abundance and those who lack. At the present population count, 
there is, or can be, enough for all. 

HUMAN EQUALITY AND JUSTICE 

A second crucial issue of our time is that of human equality and 
justice. No member of this General Conference will need an 
extended analysis of this issue. The evidences of this continuing 
struggle are inescapable. Whether we speak in the broad sense of 
human rights, palpably denied, or more specifically of ethnic 
minorities, prisoners, or the poor, our proclamations must be 
clear and our involvement constant. 

Concerning this issue, much more could be said in analysis than 
is necessary for our Christian concern. With due respect for the 
necessary sociological analyses of our current situations, we do 
not suffer primarily from the lack of factual data. What we need, 
supremely, is a clear theological understanding of our mission in 
human rights and the unwavering decision to take initiatives in 



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discipleship before crises and intergroup conflicts threaten to 
engulf us. 

Let it be admitted that much social action on the part of the 
church has often lacked deep biblical and theological roots. A 
very discerning sociologist of religion, who is himself committed 
to Christian social action, found it necessary to say: "The one 
thing that troubles me is that social action or social engagement 
can be a convenient method to avoid contact with the question of 
truth in religion. "(2) The avoidance of our faith foundations, 
either for reasons of pietism or activism, is clearly not what we 
are here to affirm. Given this warning, let us return to the main 
issue: How can The United Methodist Church be involved in 
questions of human equality and justice to the end that Christ 
will be aUve both in us and in a particular social movement? We 
offer two suggestions. 

First, let us make clear to the entire membership of our 
Church the wholeness of the gospel. We shall see today — as we 
have seen before — the theological pendulum swing in this 
direction or that. Our primary need, however, is not the 
comfortable embracing of one side of the gospel or the other but a 
clear view of its wholeness. As between deep personal piety and 
intentional social action, the Christian should have no viable 
choice. Persons of faith cannot keep their own motivations clear 
unless they are constantly under the light of God's hoUness, or 
wholeness, as he is known to us in Christ. Between an emphasis 
upon personal salvation and one upon systemic reformation, 
there should be no real choice. All human systems are made up of 
persons who, without the transforming experience of Christ, can 
and will do, in the anonymity of togetherness, what they would 
shrink from doing in personal individual living. Clearly, the 
wholeness of our faith calls for a both/and approach. 

Second, we must both accept our faith as God's gracious gift 
and the inevitability of human conflict as a sociological fact. We 
would do well to ponder the words of St. Paul: "From first to last 
this has been the work of God. He has reconciled us men to 
himself through Christ, and he has enlisted us in this service of 
reconciliation. What I mean is that God was in Christ reconciling 
the world to himself, no longer holding men's misdeeds against 
them, and that he has entrusted us with the message of 
reconciliation." (2 Corinthians 5:18-19,NEB). 

In a word, we have been given a ministry of reconciliation. The 
members of the human family that God intended to work 
together and in harmony have often been set over against each 



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other — and this, quite often, by human manipulation. If we are to 
have a part in the coming of God's kingdom on earth, how can it 
be unless we take initiatives to set right what is wrong? 

More specifically, we are called in Christ's name to be the voice 
of those who cannot speak for themselves. Whether these are 
ethnic minorities, the urban poor, or the aging population, our 
voice must be clear and our action sustained. 

Experts will argue long and often brilliantly about the root 
causes of human oppression. In those discussions we will 
participate, and from them we will be informed. But nothing will 
divert us from our central task of taking the initiative in making 
the ministry of reconciliation real and clear to all human beings 
who suffer oppression. 

THE CHURCH AND CRIME 

A third crucial issue of our time is criminal justice. Special 
attention was given to this issue in the spring meeting of the 
Council of Bishops last year. For reasons that need not be 
detailed here, the urgency of the criminal justice issue has grown 
both as a national emphasis and as an unavoidable concern for the 
Church. 

To speak about crime at all is to come face to face with social 
breakdown. The statistics are incredible. Beyond these figures, it 
must be remembered that, in the United States, a high 
proportion of some crimes are unreported, and even more is 
hidden in the plush precincts of white-collar operators. There are 
good reasons to believe that, with few exceptions, this is a 
worldwide situation. 

What concerns us primarily are not the statistics of crime, 
tragic as these are. Our primary concerns are the human beings 
behind the statistics: the victims, the prisoners, the judges and 
the juries, the society out of which crime grows and on which it 
preys. We place before you the criminal justice system as it now 
operates — and fails to operate — in our society. 

Like all massive problems, criminal justice may seem too big 
for individual or even denominational action. A few facts should 
dispel this thought, and we can comprehend most of the facts if 
we are true to our trust to understand and identify with people. 
The massiveness of crime statistics reflects the reports gathered 
from every community in the land. County sheriffs and chiefs of 
poUce provide the data which are eventually summarized in one 
place. Behind every statistical fact is a person, who comes from a 
family, who may or may not belong to a church. It is statistically 
predictable that a disproportionately large number will be poor, 
of an ethnic minority, and uneducated. Whatever the situation, 



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these persons are the unavoidable concern of the Church, and our 
ministry to them must be clearly intentional, intelligent, and 
Christian. 

What, then, can be said about criminal justice? First, the 
Church must respond to the clear call to proclaim and 
demonstrate Christ's caring love for the prisoner. This is not to 
be a sentimental journey in which we condescend to redeem the 
lost so that they will become respectable middle-class citizens. 
Rather, our task is the acceptance of local responsibility for 
ministries that will humanize legislation through concerted 
effort. It is to visit the prisoners in our midst. It is no less to deal 
with the great disparities which let many persons out on bail who 
can afford it and keep others in because they cannot raise the 
money. It is to be as informed and as wise as possible in our 
understanding and as compassionate and supportive as possible 
in our caring. 

We call upon this General Conference to empower the varied 
ministries of the Church to deal directly with the conditions out of 
which crime grows. Crime, after all, is a symptom of deeper 
social ills. Our chief concern, at the minimum, is that justice be 
equitably administered. Crime dramatizes societal and famihal 
breakdown. We may not be able to comprehend all of the facts 
involved in crime, but we can provide the best possible family and 
neighborhood ministries, not simply as a crime deterrent but as 
an extension of the reconciling ministry of Christ. 

Crime is breakdown in our understandings and Christian 
motivations. If imprisonment is primarily for revenge and 
punitive action, it will inevitably produce a bitter harvest. Young 
prisoners will be trained to be callous while in prison, and their 
release will continue a tragic cycle of crime-jail-prison-more 
prison. 

This General Conference is called to the study that will inform 
us. How many Christians really know the conditions within their 
own community that breed the crime so often deplored? If it is 
argued that the reasons for crime are deeper than sociology, this 
does not reduce one whit our Christian responsibility. We are 
called to know and act to change the serious inequities in criminal 
justice. Our response to criminal justice in 1976 must not be 
compared to its advantage with barbaric practices of the past. 
Our witness must be seen under the loving judgment of Christ 
who included prisoners in his chief ministerial concerns. 

THE CRISIS OF FAITH 

There is no deeper crisis, either within or without the Church, 
than the crisis of faith. Contrary to the views of some religious 



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people, this is not a crisis of unbelief. There is abundant evidence 
that the human population is given to a plethora of beUefs, 
probably in desperation to find a place on which to stand. To 
those who point uncritically to a revival of religion, we would say 
that there has also been a revival of the occult. Ours is a world in 
which a fervent faith in secularism can go hand in hand with a 
commitment to astrology, or satanism, or a kind of civil religion 
which is itself a sort of cafeteria of beUefs. 

In a highly pluraUstic world, there is some need for varied 
approaches to truth. The depth of the faith crisis is not a 
pluralism in beUefs; this we have always had. It is the grave 
identity crisis of Christians, many of whom do not know what 
they believe or why. It is the wistful hope that their beUef would 
bring more satisfaction to doubting spirits, more excitement to 
questing minds, more hope to desperate situations. The faith 
crisis comes at the point of a naive beUef in the sufficiency of our 
own technologies to meet deep inner needs that they can never 
reach. 

For us as United Methodists, the crisis can become even 
deeper. We do not beUeve now — and we never have — in rigid 
doctrinal concepts to hold us steady in a wavering world. This is a 
virtue, we think. But there is no deeper peril than that of taking 
to the high seas in a ship whose structure we do not know and 
whose capacity we are afraid to test. We need to know and 
cherish the faith that is in us. 

Instead of rigid doctrinal outlines, we have a faith rooted in a 
heritage of scriptural commitment. And this requires the most 
careful and reverent study that can be invited. Beyond a religion 
of correct but cold concepts, we have a heritage of experience. 
But what if our Christian experience is so much a piece with all 
other experiences that we do not know how, or if, a loyalty Uke 
patriotism (a tradition among American Methodists) can be 
related to vital religion in any meaningful way? 

Instead of unrelieved emotion and sentiment, our heritage calls 
us to a clear commitment to reason. But there is a vast difference 
between arid intellectualism and loving God with all the mind. 
Beyond the regular pendulum-swings of history, our heritage 
calls us to a commitment to tradition. The crisis arises when we 
consider who is to say when tradition becomes the history that 
imprisons us or the record of the best of our experiences with God 
and the human community. 

Our answer to such a faith crisis is not more and more analysis. 
Perhaps most people sense intuitively more uneasiness than we 
can ever put into words. The answer is a clear understanding of 
and commitment to the faith which is made secure by Christ, the 
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In any case, the signs are clear. Question as much as we Uke 
the theologies of conservative churches, their membership rolls 
are growing. We may not agree with their behefs, but they often 
know what they believe with a clarity that is easily communi- 
cated. The lesson here is not for us to go and do likewise. To do 
this would be so much out of character for us as to constitute a 
betrayal of our heritage. Our major task is to proclaim the 
message of Christ's redeeming love so clearly, and demonstrate it 
so joyously, that we will move from uncertainty to vitality. 

The easiest route to take is to criticize others for examining 
their faith, or lack of it, and content ourselves with fractional 
answers to questions. So people hunger for affirmation — what is 
wrong with that? Let us affirm that God is real, Christ is Lord, 
and the Holy Spirit is present; and let us be sure of the faith that 
is in us. 

This certainly is vital to us and, through our descriptions of 
what Christ is doing for us, we may help others. After all, ours is 
a faith of experience, both personal and social. So there is an 
overemphasis on feeling. Indeed, there may be. But let us waste 
no time in criticism. What comes from others as excess emotion 
may come from us with such genuine compassion as to be 
reconciling and redeeming. Are we not sons and daughters of the 
warm heart? 

Christ is never met adequately by an argument over 
differences. Multitudes in our age are not only in faith crises but 
are also in crises of personal Uving. For some it is an act of 
heroism to stay afloat at all. For others, there is as much need for 
salvation now as there ever was in the past. They deserve from 
us much more than detached analyses of the human condition. 
They need our wholehearted concern for their lives and our 
genuine outreach to them in the name of Christ. 

EVANGELISM AND EXPERIENCE 

To say this much is to face another crucial concern of this 
General Conference: evangeUsm. In 1972, the Council of Bishops 
was requested to produce two books in the areas of Christian 
experience and the Holy Spirit and to teach throughout the 
Church. We have sought to be faithful to these tasks. Our 
concern now is to bring these teachings and our total discipleship 
into the service of Christ who transforms life. There is abundant 
evidence that evangelism is a chief interest of many throughout 
the Church. It is our task to bring this concern to clearer 
definitions and more vital expressions than ever before. 

Whatever the reasons, we have inherited images of evangelism 
that make meaningful definitions difficult. A part of our heritage 



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is the vivid image of the camp meeting. This was, for a time, a 
most successful method of evangehsm that ran into later 
excesses. We often remember the excesses and forget the chief 
end of it all — to bring persons into a transforming relationship 
with Jesus Christ. 

Since the term "evangelism" is still with us, we deem it 
important to clarify its positive meanings. Evangelism is not a 
method or a function of the Church to be assigned to one board or 
a division of a board. It is the heart of Christian self-definition, 
the fundamental reason why we exist as Christians. It is — or 
should be — pervasive, not occasional; permeative, not segmental. 
It should go along with the job as it did, in consuming fashion, for 
Francis Asbury, John Seybert, and Christian Newcomer. 

But to say this much is not to say enough. Evangelism comes so 
close to meaning "gospel" that the two are almost synonymous. It 
is proclamation, but no less is it teaching. It is conversion, 
without long debates as to whether it is step-by-step or 
instantaneous. Evangehsm is the church at work in terms of its 
best self-understanding and the way in which it relates to and 
identifies with all people. The Christian community would be 
much advanced if we could recognize that evangehsm is not so 
much the fighting of a battle as it is the sharing of a faith. 

It is our business in this session to provide ways by which 
evangehsm will become the chief concern of this quadrennium 
and lead to new evangehstic growth in the future. This does not 
mean an emphasis on evangehsm, as if it were a function to which 
we give attention for a time and then move on to something else. 
It means that we will see evangelism as a continuing expression 
of the total life and definition of this part of the Church of Jesus 
Christ. It is an expression of our total Christian witness that we 
would not avoid even if we could. 

Quite beyond method, therefore, we call upon every board and 
agency, every segment of the Church, to create situations in 
which the Lordship of Christ may become luminous in whatever 
style or language may be most appropriate. It is not incorrect to 
say that much of this evangelism will occur indirectly and even by 
surprise. Whatever our human methods may be, it is good to 
remember that the Holy Spirit is the major actor in bringing 
people to Christ. Evangelism will not occur, either by direction 
or indirection, unless there is a deep commitment to let method 
follow the enkindUng flame of the Good News. 

No member of this General Conference should assent to cut our 
Church membership, even for the purpose of pruning the rolls of 
"inactives." The task of the ministry, clergy and lay, is to lead 
inactive members to become active; idle and passive Christians to 



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be alive, with a workable and working faith. Our recruitment 
takes place inside as well as outside. We reject the negativism 
that says the Church is stronger when it is smaller, made up of 
those who have become fully committed. We think and act on the 
assumption that all our members are precious persons for whom 
Christ died and who need the nurturing ministries of the Church. 
Winning persons to Christ is not a mere afterthought. 

At any rate, we should not leave this place without looking 
upon evangelism as a future to be experienced rather than a past 
to which we may return. We should not want to get back to any 
state we have known in the past. Our future with Christ is ahead, 
not behind. Our God is moving decisively into the future. Indeed, 
he is well ahead of any Utopian future of which we can possibly 
dream. It is our business to be where God calls us, however far or 
hard that seems to be. We desperately need a deep and 
unashamed passion for the kingship of Christ in all the structures 
of life. And when such an expression occurs, this will be 
evangelism. 

THE MINISTRY TO ETHNIC MINORITIES 

No Christian communion has a better opportunity for effective 
witness in ethnic minority relations than The United Methodist 
Church. And there is no time in the world's history when such a 
witness needs more to be made. 

If the enormous problems of world hunger seem too vast for 
concrete action, the urgent problems of ethnic minorities give 
this General Conference ample opportunities for creative pro- 
grams that can begin upon adjournment. For example, the ethnic 
minority membership of the Church is decreasing faster than the 
total membership. Its ministers are getting older, and its ranks 
are rapidly depleting. The opportunities for the growth and 
development of ethnic minority ministers have not been en- 
couraging enough to claim the attention of some of the most able 
youth. Other professional opportunities have sometimes grown 
and become inclusive faster than those within ecclesiastical 
bodies. 

Within fifteen years, The United Methodist Church could lose 
the opportunity to witness effectively to ethnic minorities. If we 
allow this to happen, the situation will be irreversible here as it 
has been in several prominent church bodies in the past. 
Obviously, The United Methodist Church is at a crucial point of 
decision in 1976. As limited as may be our present opportunities, 
they will not exist at all if present trends are allowed to run their 
course. 

Such a tragic default in witness need not occur. This is not a 



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time for viewing with alarm. It is the time for a vital witness and 
a carefully drafted program. If this General Conference should 
undertake such a vital program in ethnic church development, it 
could do so without creating any new structural units. What is 
needed now can be provided in financial support, imagination, 
interboard cooperation, jurisdictional programs, and Annual 
Conference initiatives. 

Obviously, such a general program should be refined in detail 
and its major outUne made clear to the entire General 
Conference. The crucial points here are: (1) The United 
Methodist Church still has a remarkable opportunity to witness 
to its wealth in pluralism by providing significant support for its 
ethnic minority churches. (2) The sense of timing makes present 
action crucial. At the present rate of aging of ministry, changes in 
communities, and local church decline, the ethnic minorities may 
cease to exist as viable parts of our pluraHsm, perhaps within 
fifteen years. (3) It is crucial to provide significant financial 
support over the quadrennium — partly through this General 
Conference and partly through the five jurisdictions. (4) The 
Council of Bishops can have an important role in the leadership. 
If we can put these concerns into a sustained program, we will 
come to the next General Conference with significant evidences 
of growth in ethnic minority churches. 

FOR A TIME LIKE THIS 

To speak of the bicentennial at all is to move beyond provincial 
boundaries in our thinking. The United States of America is a 
nation whose particular history we will emphasize in 1976. But 
this should be done within a worldwide context. Ours is a 
worldwide church which has long witnessed to God's presence 
and action in all the nations of the earth. We, therefore, believe 
that The United Methodist Church has special responsibilities 
both to speak to God's blessings upon one nation and his equal 
concern for all the nations of the earth. 

Throughout this session, we shall return again and again to a 
view of history as time which God has given us as a priceless gift. 
We know that other nations and peoples Uve by different time 
clocks. At 200 years of age, the United States of America is 
younger than many, though older than a growing company of 
new, emergent nations. We rejoice in the blessings God has given 
us, and we are aware that blessings mean responsibilities. As a 
Church that, with its antecedents, grew up with the country, we 
have a special responsibility for the wholeness of our ministry to 
all Americans, and to all the world as well. Even as our churches 
in the United States of America join in the celebration of the 



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bicentennial, the whole United Methodist Church looks forward 
to another bicentennial in 1984, when we celebrate the anniver- 
sary of the Christmas Conference in Baltimore. There and then, 
Philip Otterbein, one of the three founders of the EvangeUcal 
United Brethren Church, participated in the consecration of 
Bishop Asbury. 

Our church has never exceeded in achievement what it has not 
first visualized in Christian hope. At this crucial time in the life of 
the United States of America, we dare to believe that the nation 
will be led to see, in luminous outline, what the patriots of 1776 
had in mind. We also pray that The United Methodist Church will 
be prompted to make the 200th anniversary of the Christmas 
Conference a time for realizing in 1984 what the revolutionary 
church leaders hoped for in 1784. 

As a part of this forthcoming event, we call upon the General 
Conference of 1976 to approve, in principle, two important 
proposals: First, we propose a serious goal of a responsible 
increase in church membership. If such a membership goal is 
taken seriously, we should add at least another million persons to 
the active fellowship of our local churches by 1984. And second, 
we propose a major funds campaign with a goal of $20 per 
member above regular apportionments. If the financial goal is 
taken seriously, the amount realized could amount to 
$200,000,000 by 1984. Half of the amount raised could be retained 
in the Annual Conferences to meet such missional and institu- 
tional priorities as each Annual Conference determines. The 
other half could be made available to the general church to meet 
similar priorities as the General Conference sets them. 

In order that Annual Conferences may have adequate chance 
to get this churchwide event in their planning, we suggest that 
they be requested to express their intent to participate no later 
than 1978. Should the General Conference of 1976 approve these 
bicentennial proposals in principle, we urge the appointment of 
the appropriate body or bodies within The United Methodist 
Church to do the detailed planning and bring to the General 
Conference of 1980 a specific plan for action. 

We believe that such a plan, or a variation of it, would go far 
towards making a major contribution to our times, as we read the 
signs of the times. The 1984 bicentennial would be an act of 
thanksgiving to God for the gift of time itself. It would be an 
evidence of our appreciation and practice of the stewardship of 
time. It would help to firm up our high resolve to use the future 
better than we have the past. 

What better time, then, than in this bicentennial year, to 
recommit ourselves to reforming the continents and spreading 



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scriptural holiness over all the lands! There is no time like the 
present to commit ourselves to following God into the future with 
faith, prayerfully believing that our church, under God, can do 
even greater things than we ever dared to attempt before. 



Signed: 

L. Scott Allen 
Ralph T. Alton 
A. James Armstrong 
James M. Ault 
Robert M. Blackburn 
William T. Cannon 
Alsie H. Carleton 
Edward G. Carroll 
Wilbur W. Y. Choy 
Wayne K. Clymer 
Finis A. Crutchfield 
Jesse R. DeWitt 
Ernest T. Dixon 
F. Gerald Ensley 
H. Ellis Finger 
Eugene M. Frank 
Paul V. Galloway 
Charles F, Golden 
Robert E. Goodrich 
W. Kenneth Goodson 
DonW. Holter 
Earl G. Hunt, Jr. 
Francis E. Kearns 
D wight E. Loder 
James K. Mathews , 
Joel D. McDavid 
Paul W. Milhouse 
RoyC. Nichols 
Frank L. Robertson 
Carl J. Sanders 
0. Eugene Slater 
MackB. Stokes 
W. McFerrin Stowe 
R. Marvin Stuart 
Prince A. Taylor 
James S. Thomas 
Jack M. Tuell 
Edward L. Tullis 
W. Ralph Ward 
JohnB. Warman 
Paul A. Washburn 
Lance Webb 
D. Frederick Wertz 
MelvinE. Wheatley 
Joseph H. Yeakel 
Charles W. Brashares 
Fred P. Corson 



James W, Henley 
Fred G, Holloway 
Hermann W. Kaebnick 
Gerald Kennedy 
Willis J. King 
W. Earl Ledden 
John Wesley Lord 
William C. Martin 
Noah W. Moore, Jr. 
Reuben H. Mueller 
T. Otto Nall 
Frederick B. Newell 
H. Clifford Northcott 
Edward J. Pendergrass 
W. Kenneth Pope 
Thomas M. Pryor 
Richard C. Raines 
Roy H. Short 
J. Owen Smith 
W. Maynard Sparks 
Donald H. Tippett 
Edwin Edgar Voigt 
Aubrey G. Walton 
Hazen G. Werner 
Lloyd C. Wicke 
OleE. Borgen 
Emilio de Carvalho 
Onema Fama 
Paul L. A. Granadosin 
Armin Haertel 
R. D. Joshi 
Joseph R. Lance 
Eric A. Mitchell 
AbelT. Muzorewa 
M. Elia Peter 
Franz W. Schaefer 
C. Ernst SoMMER 
Bennie D. Warner 
Escrivao a. Zunguze 
Sante Uberto Barbieri 
Ralph E. Dodge 
CoRNELioM. Ferrer 
ShotK. Mondol 
J. Waskom Pickett 
A. J. Shaw 
Mangal Singh 
John A. Subhan 



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Edwin R. Garrison Gabriel Sundaram 

Paul Hardin, Jr. Jose L. Valencia 

Nolan B. Harmon Friederich Wunderlich 

Harold R. He iNiNGER Pedro Zottele 

Bishops of The United Methodist Church 



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THE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 

FIRST DAY, TUESDAY, APRIL 27, 1976 

AFTERNOON SESSION 

Holy Communion 

The Sacrament of Holy Communion was celebrated at 3:00 p.m. in the 
Memorial Coliseum, Portland, Oregon. It was administered by the Council of 
Bishops with the active participation of bishops of the several Jurisdictions and 
representatives of the Central Conferences and the Autonomous Churches 
related to The United Methodist Church. 

The Council of Bishops was joined in the processional by the Judicial Council. 

The musical aspects of the service were under the direction of Prof. Carlton R. 
Young. Mr. Jonas Nordwall of First United Methodist Church, Portland, Oregon, 
was the organist. Participating in the service were an instrumental ensemble 
consisting of members of the Portland Symphony and The Chamber Singers of 
Scarritt College, Nashville, Tennessee. 

The ushers were under the supervision of Mr. Shedrich Williams, and the pages 
under that of the Reverend William R. Lavely. 

The Communion Table was arranged with The First Communion Set of Wesley 
Chapel (John Street Church, New York City), used first by Bishop Thomas Coke 
and Bishop Francis Asbury and still in use; and the Embury Bible, used by Philip 
Embury in Ireland and brought to America by him in 1768, and read by Philip 
Embury at the Dedication of John Street Church October 30, 1768, and by others 
at later rededication services of John Street Church. Philip Embury's signature is 
on the first page of the New Testament. 

The elements were brought to the altar by The Reverend Arshad Haqq, The 
Reverend Alice G. Morrison, Miss Margarita P. Gonzalez, Mr. Kurt Walls, Mrs. 
Shirley Kanada, Mrs. Helloise Hill, Mr. Shedrich Williams, and Mr. Randy 
Punley. 

ORDER OF SERVICE 



Prelude— Fantasy on "0 Sons and Daughters" Walter Pelz 

Organ, brass and timpani 

Greeting 
Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the 
Lord Jesus Christ. 
Amen. 

The Risen Christ is with us! 
Praise the Lord! 



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The Processional Hymn No. 1— "0 FOR A THOUSAND TONGUES TO 
SING" 

Charles Wesley 

O for a thousand tongues to sing 

My great Redeemer's praise, 

The glories of my God and King, 

The triumphs of his grace! 

My gracious Master and my God, 
Assist me to proclaim. 
To spread thro' all the earth abroad 
The honors of thy name. 

Jesus! the name that charms our fears, 
That bids our sorrows cease, 
'Tis music in the sinners' ears, 
Tis life, and health, and peace. 

He breaks the power of canceled sin. 
He sets the prisoner free; 
His blood can make the foulest clean; 
His blood availed for me. 

He speaks, and listening to his voice. 
New life the dead receive; 
The mournful, broken hearts rejoice; 
The humble poor, believe. 

Hear him, ye deaf; his praise, ye dumb. 
Your loosened tongues employ; 
Ye blind, behold your Savior come; 
And leap, ye lame, for joy. Amen. 

The Invitation Bishop Jack M. TueU 

You that do truly and earnestly repent of your sins, and are in love and charity 
with your neighbors, and intend to lead a new life, following the command- 
ments of God, and walking from henceforth in his holy ways: 
Draw near with faith, and take this Holy Sacrament to your comfort, and make 
your humble confession to almighty God. 

Call To Confession 

Beloved in the Lord! Let us draw near with a true heart, and confess our sins 
unto God our Father, asking him, in the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ, to 
grant us forgiveness. 

Let us pray (all seated) 

When we gather to praise God, we remember that we are his people who have 

preferred our wills to his. 

Accepting his power to become new persons in Christ, let us confess our sin 

before God and one another. 

Eternal Father, we confess that often we have failed to be an obedient 
church: 

we have not done your will, 

we have broken your law, 



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we have rebelled against your love, 
we have not loved our neighbors, 
we have not heard the cry of the needy. 
Forgive us, we pray. 
Free us for joyful obedience, 
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 

Silent Prayer 

The Words of Pardon 
Hear the good news: "Christ died for us while we were yet sinners; that is God's 
own proof of his love toward us." 
In the name of Jesus Christ you are forgiven! 

In the name of Jesus Christ you are forgiven! 
Glory to God. Amen. 

ACT OF PRAISE:— "Canticle of Praise" Carlton R. Young 

Bless the Lord, all works of the Lord; 

Sing praise to him and highly exalt him forever; 

Bless the Lord, sun and moon; 

Bless the Lord, stars of heaven; 

Bless the Lord, all things that grow in the earth; 

Bless the Lord, seas and rivers; 

Bless the Lord, all creatures that move in the waters; 

Bless the Lord, all birds of the air; 

Bless the Lord, all people on earth; 

Bless the Lord, you who are holy and humble of heart. 

(Anthem setting for choir and brass, written for this service; text adapted from 
No. 616; The Song of the Three Young Men) 

Prayer for Illumination 
Lord, open our hearts and minds by the power of your Holy Spirit, that as 
the Scriptures are read and the Word proclaimed, we may hear with joy 
what you say to us today. 
Amen. 

Scripture Lessons Bishop Prince A. Taylor 

Old Testament— Jeremiah 31:31-35 

The Epistle — Ephesians 2: 10-18 

Gradual Hymn No. 447— "The Strife Is O'er" 

The strife is o'er, the battle done; 

The victory of life is won; 

The song of triumph has begun; 

Alleluia! 

The powers of death have done their worst. 
But Christ their legions hath dispersed; 
Let shouts of holy joy outburst: 
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The three sad days have quickly sped; 
He rises glorious from the dead; 
All glory to our risen Head! 
Alleluia! 

Lord, by the stripes which wounded thee, 
From death's dread sting thy servants free. 
That we may live and sing to thee: 
Alleluia! 

The Gospel— St. Matthew 26: 17-31 

The Affirmation of Faith 

Let us unite in this historic confession of the Christian faith: 

I believe in God, the Father Almighty, 

Creator of heaven and earth. 
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord. 

He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit 
and born of the virgin Mary. 

He suffered under Pontius Pilate, 

was crucified, died, and was buried. 

On the third day he rose again. 

He ascended into heaven, 
and is seated at the right hand of the Father. 

He will come again to judge the living and the dead. 

I believe in the Holy Spirit, 
the holy catholic church, ' 

the communion of saints 
the forgiveness of sins, 
the resurrection of the body, 
and the life everlasting. Amen. 

The Sermon — On Being in Covenant Bishop W. Ralph Ward, Jr. 

Prayers for Ourselves and Others 

Let us pray — 
That this General Conference may gather in love and good will, and that The 
United Methodist Church may achieve her holy purpose in unity, faith and 
service to persons everywhere. 

That this company assembled may exalt the Lordship of Jesus Christ for aU 
of life and proclaim the Gospel as adequate for the salvation of the world. 

This is our prayer. 

That all lay persons, ministers, missionaries, teachers and servants in the 
Church may be faithful stewards of thy mission and strengthened daily in 
their labors. 

That in our deliberations we shall overcome all forms of human exploitation 
which deprive persons of their selfhood and deny them their dignity as the 
children of God. 

This is our prayer. 

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intellectual and spiritual hunger of persons everywhere in the world and 
make the coming days ones of courageous response to their needs. 

This is our prayer. 

That the leaders of the nations may govern with justice and mercy. 

This is our prayer. 

That this General Conference shall with joy publish its word in the open face 
of the sun and raise a standard of hope that will promise deliverance and 
redemption to the discouraged, the oppressed and persecuted throughout the 
world. 

This is our prayer. 

That we may remember in gratitude and love those whom we have known 
and loved in General Conference who have died in the faith and left to us an 
unfading memory of victorious living, renewing in our hearts faith in life 
everlasting. 
Period of Silence. 

This is our prayer through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 

The Peace 
(The Bishops vdll move into the delegated body extending peace. 
Let all persons throughout the assembly extend the greeting of peace to those 
near to them.) 

The Offering — For World Hunger 

Offertory Anthems: — ^"Set Me As A Seal" William Walton 

Set me as a seal upon thine heart, 
Set me as a seal upon thine arm; 
For love is strong as death; 
Many waters cannot quench love. 
Neither can the floods drown it. 

"Easter Anthem" William Billings 

(c. 1785) 

The Lord is risen indeed! Hallelujah! 

Now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the first fruits of them 

that slept. 
And did he rise? 

Hear it, ye nations! Hear it, O ye dead! 

He rose and burst the bars of death, and triumphed over the grave. 
Then I rose! 
Then first humanity triumphant passed the crystal ports of light, and 

seized eternal youth 
Man all immortal hail, heaven, all lavish gifts to man. 
Thine's all the glory, man's the boundless bliss! 

(Billings is the U.S.A.'s first significant 
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DOXOLOGY: Thomas Ken 

Praise God from whom all blessings flow, 
Praise him, all creatures, here below. 
Praise him above, ye heavenly host; 
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen. 

THE THANKSGIVING 
The Lord is with you. 
And with you also. 
Life up your hearts. 
We lift them up to the Lord. 
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. 

It is right to give him thanks and praise. 

Father, it is right that we should always and everywhere give you thanks and 

praise. 
You created aU things and called them good. 
You made us in your own image. 
You have at all times and all places raised up those who loved and followed you, 

and proclaimed your name: prophets, patriarchs, apostles and saints. 
With them, and all your people now on earth and in heaven we join together in 

worshipping and glorifying you. 

The Sanctus (In Unison) 

Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of Pow'r and might, heav'n and earth are full 

of your glory. 
Hosanna in the highest. 

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. 
Hosanna in the highest. 

We thank you, holy Father, that you loved the world so much you sent your 

only Son to be our Savior. 
The Lord of all life came to live among us. 
He healed and taught all persons, ate with sinners, and won for you a new 

people by water and the Spirit. 
We saw his glory. 

He humbled himself in obedience to your will, freely accepting death on a cross. 
By dying, he freed us from unending death; by rising from the dead, he gave us 

everlasting life. 

On the night in which he gave himself up for us, the Lord Jesus took bread. 

(Here let the Bishop lift the bread) 
After giving you thanks, he broke the bread, 

(Here let the Bishop break the bread) 
gave it to his disciples, and said: 
Take, eat; this is my body which is given for you. 
When the supper was over, he took the cup. 

(Here let the Bishop lift the cup) 
Again he returned thanks to you, gave the cup to his disciples, and said: 
Drink from this, all of you, this is the cup of the new covenant in my blood, 

poured out for you and many, for the forgiveness of sins. 
When we eat this bread and drink this cup, we experience anew the presence of 
the Lord Jesus Christ and look forward to his coming in final victory. 

Christ has died, 
Christ is risen, 
Christ will come again. 



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We remember and proclaim, Heavenly Father, what your Son has done for us 

in his life and death, in his resurrection and ascension. 
Accept our sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving, in union with Christ's offering 

for us, as a reasonable and holy surrender of ourselves. 
Send the power of your Holy Spirit on us, this General Conference, gathered 

here out of love for you, and on these gifts. 
Help us know in the breaking of this bread and the drinking of this cup the 

presence of Christ who gave his body and blood for us. 
Make us one with Christ, one with each other, and one in service to all persons. 

Through your Son Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit, in your holy church, 
all glory and honor is yours, Father. Amen. 

The Lord's Prayer 
Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your 
will be done, on earth as in heaven. Give us today the bread we need. 
Forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us. Save us in the 
time of trial, and deliver us from evil. For the kingdom, the power, and 
the glory are yours, now and forever. Amen. 

The Breaking of the Bread and Taking of the Cup 
(As the Bishop breaks the bread, he says:) 

When we break the bread, it is a means of sharing in the body of Christ. 
(As the Bishop lifts the cup, he says:) 

When we give thanks over the cup, it is a means of sharing in the blood of 
Christ. 

The Giving 
(The Holy Communion will be received from the Bishops stationed in front of 
the platform. The Communion will be taken standing and by intinction.) 

Hymns at the Distribution — (Choir and Congregation) 

No. 330— "Let Us Break Bread Together" 

Let us break bread together on our knees; 
Let us break bread together on our knees. 
When I fall on my knees. 
With my face to the rising sun, 
O Lord, have mercy on me. 

Let us drink wine together on our knees; 
Let us drink wine together on our knees. 
When I fall on my knees. 
With my face to the rising sun, 
O Lord, have mercy on me. 

Let us praise God together on our knees; 

Let us praise God together on our knees. 

When I fall on my knees, 

With my face to the rising sun, 

O Lord, have mercy on me. Amen. 

No. 204 — "Where Cross the Crowded Ways of Life" 

Where cross the crowded ways of life, 
Where sound the cries of race and clan, 
Above the noise of selfish strife, 
We hear thy voice, O Son of man! 



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In haunts of wretchedness and need. 
On shadowed thresholds dark with fears. 
From paths where hide the lures of greed, 
We catch the vision of thy tears. 

From tender childhood's helplessness. 
From woman's grief, man's burdened toil. 
From famished souls, from sorrow's stress 
Thy heart has never known recoil. 

The cup of water given for thee 
Still holds the freshness of thy grace; 
Yet long these multitudes to see 
The sweet compassion of thy face. 

O Master, from the mountainside. 
Make haste to heal these hearts of pain; 
Among these restless throngs abide, 
O tread the city's streets again. 

Till sons of men shall learn thy love 
And follow where thy feet have trod; 
Till, glorious from thy heaven above, 
Shall come the city of our God! Amen. 



No. 317— "The Bread of Life, For AU is Broken" 

The bread of life, for all is broken! 

He drank the cup on Golgotha. 

His grace we trust, and spread with reverence 

This holy feast, and thus remember. 

With godly fear we seek thy presence; 
Our hearts distressed by people's grief. 
The holy face is stained with bitter tears; 
Our human pain still bearest thou with us. 

O Lord, we pray, come thou among us, 
Lighten our eyes, brightly appear! 
Immanuel, heaven's joy unending. 
Our life with thine forever blending. Amen. 



No. 252 — "Oh, pan del cielo" Himnario Metodista Juan Bautista Cabrera 

Tune: Hebron 
lOh, pan del cielo, dulce bien 
m^s excelente quejsl man^! 
Si^el alma busca tu sost^n, 
eternamente vivir6. 

jOh, nuevo pacto del Seiior, 
en santa copa de salud! 
Reconciliadojel pecador, 
se^acercaji Dios por tu virtud. 



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Hambrienta^el alma, vengqji ti, 
mi buen Jesus, con viva fe: 
tu mesajBS franca para mi, 
X^n humildad mejicercar^. 

S^ tu mi pan consubstancial 
qufejil alma nutr^^ d6 vigor; 
j^n vidaj' jubilqjnmortal 
dir6 las glorias de tqjamor. Am^n. 

No. 222 — ^"My Hope Is Built on Nothing Less Than Jesus' Blood" 

My hope is built on nothing less 
Than Jesus' blood and righteousness; 
I dare not trust the sweetest frame, 
But wholly lean on Jesus' name. 

Refrain: 
On Christ, the solid rock, I stand; 
All other ground is sinking sand. 
All other ground is sinking sand. 

When darkness veils his lovely face, 
I rest on his unchanging grace; 
In every high and stormy gale, 
My anchor holds within the veil. 

His oath, his covenant, his blood 
Support me in the whelming flood; 
When all around my soul gives way, 
He then is all my hope and stay. 

When he shall come with trumpet sound 
O may I then in him be found! 
Dressed in his righteousness alone. 
Faultless to stand before the throne! 

Motet 
"0 Sacred Feast" Healey Willan 

O Sacred Feast, wherein Christ is received; 
The memory of his passion is renewed in us. 

Our souls are filled with grace, and the pledge of everlasting glory is 
g^ven unto us. Alleluia. 

Prayer After Receiving 
You have given yourself to us, Lord. 
Now we give ourselves for others. 
Your love has made us a new people; 
as a people of love we will serve you with joy. 
Yoiu" glory has filled our hearts; 
help us to glorify you in all things. 

May this General Conference be an instrument of your grace and glory 
and true witness to the church as the body of Christ. 



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Empower us as we leave this table to resolve to conduct the business of 
this General Conference in mutual trust and gracious affection toward 
one another, ever remembering that we stand in your presence, meet in 
your name, and that we are called to walk in the light of your love as 
revealed in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 

Hymn No. 137— "Spirit of Faith Come Down" Charles Wesley 

Spirit of faith, come down. 

Reveal the things of God; 

And make to us the Godhead known. 

And witness with the blood, 

'Tis thine the blood to apply 

And give us eyes to see. 

Who did for every sinner die 

Hath surely died for me. 

No man can truly say 
That Jesus is the Lord, 
Unless thou take the veil away. 
And breathe the living Word. 
Then, only then, we feel 
Our interest in his blood. 
And cry, with joy unspeakable, 
"Thou art my Lord, my God!" 

O that the world might know 

The all-atoning Lamb! 

Spirit of faith, descend and show 

The virtue of his name. 

The gx^ce which all may find. 

The saving power, impart; 

And testify to all mankind. 

And speak in every heart. 

Inspire the living faith. 
Which whosoe'er receives 
The witness in himself he hath. 
And consciously believes; 
That faith that conquers all. 
And doth the mountain move. 
And saves whoe'er on Jesus call. 
And perfects them in love. Amen. 

Benediction 

postlude 
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Opening Session 

The 1976 session of the General Conference of The United 
Methodist Church convened in the Memorial CoUseum Arena in 
Portland, Oregon, Tuesday, April 27, 1976, following the Service 
of Holy Communion. Presiding was Bishop W. Ralph Ward, Jr., 
of the New York Area, Northeastern Jurisdiction, and President 
of the Council of Bishops. 

Bishop W. Ralph Ward: It is of interest to a large number of you, I think, that 
the gavel that I hold, with which I have called this conference to order, the wood 
in it was made from some of the wood of the original John Street Chapel, our first 
church here in the United States. The same gavel was used to open the General 
Conference 76 years ago, meeting in the city of Chicago in 1900. It is my high 
privilege and joy to call to order this 1976 General Conference of The United 
Methodist Church, in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. 

Roll Call^I. B. Holt, Secretary 

The Chair recognized J. B. Holt, Secretary of the General 
Conference, for the roll call. Dr. Holt gave instructions to 
chairpersons of annual conference delegations for the completion 
of the roll call. He read the names of bishops who had died since 
the adjournment of the last General Conference: Bishop Marvin 
A. Frankhn, Bishop Dionisio Deista Alejandro, Bishop Paul M. 
Herrick, Bishop Paul N. Garber, Bishop Stephen Trowen Nagbe, 
Bishop Marshall R. Reed, Bishop Kenneth W. Copeland, Bishop 
W. Angle Smith, Bishop Edgar A. Love, Bishop Arthur J. 
Moore, Bishop James H. Straughn, Bishop J. Gordon Howard, 
Bishop Paul E. Martin, Bishop Clement D. Rockey. Dr. Holt 
stated that only one elected delegate to this General Conference 
had been reported deceased. Glen E. Thompson (Kansas East). 

Dr. Holt certified the presence of a quorum. 

The Secretary of the Council of Bishops reported the 
attendance of the bishops as follows: 

All 45 active bishops from the Jurisdictional Conferences were 
present. All 14 of the active Central Conference bishops were 
present except Bishop Abel T. Muzorewa. The following retired 
bishops from Jurisdictional Conferences were present: Bishops 
Corson, Garrison, Hardin, Harmon, Henley, Ledden, Lord, 
Moore, Mueller, Nail, Pendergrass, Pope, Pryor, Raines, Short, 
Smith, Sparks, and Voigt. The following retired bishops of 
Central Conferences were present: Barbieri, Dodge, Ferrer, 
Mondol, Pickett, Shaw, Sundaram, Valencia, Wunderlich, and 
Zottele. 

The Secretary of the Judicial Council reported that all 
members were present. 

The delegation chairpersons reported the following delegates 
were in attendance: 



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Agra Annual Conference (OS) 
Ministerial — Sisa M. Sagar 
Lay — Samuel Charles 
Alabama-West Florida Anniud Conference (SE) 

Ministerial — Paul A. Duffey, Thomas L. Butts, John E. Vickers, Roy T. 

Sublette, Rex M. Mixson, E. Robert Dickerson 
Lay — Ahce F. Lee, Coleman H. McGehee, Mrs. Opal Barrow, William H. 

Abbott, Foy Campbell, Kenneth Cooper 
Angola Annual Conference (OS) 
Ministerial — Absent 
Lay — Absent 
Baltimore Annual Conference (NE) 

Ministerial — David H. Andrews, Forrest C. Stith, L. CarroU Yingling, Jr., 

Rebecca K. Barger, Wilson A. Shearer, Harold G. Johnson, Sr., Herbert L. 

D. Doggett, C. Douglas Cooney, Merrill W. Drennan 
Lay — Martha S. Ross, Harry K. Underwood, Barbara R. Thompson, James F. 

W. Talley, Barbara W. Lavery, Thurman L. Dodson, Everett R. Jones, 

Charles L. Mann, Helen F. Wicklein, Annie R. Thompson 
Ministerial Reserve — Edward B. Lewis 
Bengal Annual Conference (OS) 
Ministerial — Sukumar Baidya 
Lay — Rehmat Masih Gill 
Bombay Annual Conference (OS) 
Ministerial — Justin N. Harris 
Lay — Darsi J. Ratnam 
California-Nevada Annual Conference (W) 
Ministerial — Martha G. Rowlett, Clifford S. Droke, John V. Moore, Arthur 

Thurman, Thomas P. Grissom, Jr., Lloyd K. Wake 
Lay — J. Melvin Brawn, Frank Webber, Kathryn Carroll, Frances Hernandez, 

Gwendolyn B. Williams, Kathy LaPoint 
Central Illinois Annual Conference (NC) 
Ministerial — Eugene J. Moore, Wayne C. Hess, W. Harold Loyd, Frank H. 

Nestler, Donald J. Jones, Walter D. Krech, E. Paul Unger, Burt A. 

Mcintosh, Floy J. Ekin 
Lay — Ellen R. Hanna, Lloyd M. Bertholf, Gerald L. Downie, Porter J. 

Womeldorff, Alvin L. Rountree, Mary Eleanor Woodruff, Anna F. Kennedy, 

Bryce Barnes, Richard E. Reeves 
Central New York Annual Conference (NE) 

Ministerial — Robert L. Homer, James E. Spear, William R. Swales, Robert J. 

McCune 
Lay — Robert L. Mann, Charles Chase, Thomas Milligan, Mrs. Rachel 

Hayward 
Central Pennsylvania Annual Conference (NE) 
Ministerial — Daniel L. Shearer, Robert L. Close, Arthur W. Stambach, 

Thomas W. Guinivan, David R. Higgins, Paul E. Myers, Donald H. Treese, 

John P. Taylor, Brian A. Fetterman, H. Richard Welliver 
Lay — Kenneth Plummer, Charles E. Edgar, Robert E. Knupp, Doreen Bailey, 

R. Andrew Lady, Phyllis E. Close, Conrad M. Page, Jr., Geraldine B. 

Heilman 
Lay Reserves — Gloria Keller, H. Leroy Marlowe 
Central Texas Annual Conference (SC) 
Ministerial — Sidney Roberts, Walter L. Underwood, Luther W. Henry, 

William M. Greenwaldt, Don M. Pike 
Lay — Pat Stroman, Mrs. Marjorie Bums, Dr. Alice Wonders, Eldon B. Mahon 
Lay Reserve — Mrs. Ruby Bane 



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Central Zaire Annual Conference (OS) 
Ministerial — Mukandu D. Ashema 
Lay — Ekoko L. Onema 
Czechoslovakia Annual Conference (OS) 
Ministerial — Miroslav Frankovsky 
Lay — Vlastislav Malac 
Delhi Annual Conference (OS) 
Ministerial — EUiot D. Clive 
Lay — ^Alick Spurzin Seymour 
Denmark Annual Conference (OS) 
Ministerial Reserve — Erik Kyst 
Lay Reserve — Niels Christian Jorgensen 
Detroit Annual Conference (NC) 

Ministerial — Raymond R. Lamb, Paul F. Blomquist, Woodie W. White, Robert 
E. Horton, Edward L. Duncan, James W. Bristah, Carl E. Price, John N. 
Grenfell, Kenneth R. Callis 
Lay — Mrs. Jane Schairer, Mrs. Irene T. Norris, Miss Janet Luciani, James A. 
Starr, William C. Hitchcock, Mrs. Frieda Spafford, Harold M. Karls, Mrs. 
Jean S. Sikkenga, Ms. Mary Good 
East Ohio Annual Conference (NC) 

Ministerial — Thomas L. Cromwell, Donald Burge, Charles Dailey, Allan H. 
Zagray, Abraham Brandyberry, Robert Tolbert, Forrest Nees, Robert 
Courtney, Kenneth Hulit, Blake Wagner, Van Bogard Dunn, Calvin Myers 
Lay — Thomas P. Moore, Virgil Zimmerman, Betty Clymer, John Chittum, 
Leonard White, Bemadine Cooke, Francis Lang, Francis Glasgow, Doris 
Clary, Alfred Bonds, Leslie Jackson, Arlene Dammann 
Eastern Pennsylvania Annual Conference (NE) 
Ministerial — George W. Bashore, Mark J. Hostetter, Henry H. Nichols, F. 
Lewis Walley, Robert P. Longenecker, WiUiam T. Cherry, Harold S. 
Peiffer, Charles S. Kerr 
Lay — Ruth Daugherty, Harold H. Quickel, Reta Barto, Anne Nicholson, Mark 
Albright, Lawton Shroyer, Horace F. Ether, Claude Schoenly 
Florida Annual Conference (SE) 

Ministerial — Alfred A. Hedberg, Millard C. Cleveland, Walter B. Rutland, J. 
Lloyd Knox, Gene Zimmerman, Ernest W. Newman, W. Scott Bozeman, 
James C. Rowan, Hector Navas, M. McCoy Gibbs, C. Durward McDonell, 
Ralph B. Huston, Walter N. Kalaf 
Lay— Richard V. Moore, Dollie Crist, Beth A. Fogle, P. B. Revels, Ethel M. 
Gray, 0. B. Fanning, Frank H. Furman, Jr., Barbara B. Wilcox, Polly L. 
Cook, Jimmy Sowder, Charles H. Stewart, Olive B. Watson, T. Winston 
Cole 
Annual Conference in German Democratic Republic (OS) 
Ministerial — Gerhard Hawemann, Karl Meier 
Lay — Harry Schneidereit, Karl-Heinz Enke 
Methodist Church in Great Britain (OS) 
Ministerial — John Stacey, Blanche Baker 
Lay — Jennifer Norgate 
Gujarat Annual Conference (OS) 
Ministerial — Raiji M. Rathod 
Lay — John B. Rathod 
Holston Annual Conference (SE) 

Ministerial — Sam N. Vamell, Jr., George E. Naff, Jr., Robert L. Wilcox, Ben 
B. St.Clair, Ralph W. Mohney, H. Walter Willis, Jr., J. Spurgeon McCartt, 
Gordon C. Goodgame, John N. Trundle 
Lay — Mrs. Lois Quesenberry, Carroll H. Long, John T. Lundy, Fred P. 



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Entler, Frank A. Weigel, Jr., Mrs. Martha Ragsdale, Sam P. McConnell, 

Steve Galyon 
Lay Reserve — Mrs. Jean Troy 
Hyderabad Annual Conference (OS) 
Ministerial — Houle S. Gladstone 
Lay — Jacket B. Immanuel 
Iowa Anmial Conference (NC) 

Ministerial — Edwin C. Boulton, Alferd E. Wilken, Frank A. Nichols, Worthie 

K. Usher, Harold W. Dellit, Arthur B. Campney, Donald R. Arthur, P. Boyd 

Mather, C. Dendy Garrett, Lester L. Moore, Stanley C. Kennedy, Wayne E. 

Shoemaker 
Lay — K. June Goldman, Rosalie J. Bentzinger, Marjorie Kreager, Mary 

Yaggy, Kathryne Sears, Kathy Miller Vilmont, Wayne Marty, William P. 

Appelgate, Rainsford A. Brown, Sr., Paul V. Shearer, Lester C. Mealiff, 

Max W. Kreager 
Kansas East Annual Conference (SC) 

Ministerial — Merwin R. Kurtz, Richard E. Johnson, Clare J. Hayes, H. Sharon 

Howell 
Lay — John E. Stumbo, Wesley W. Wulfkuhle, Frances M. Manson, Curtis D. 

Sides 
Ministerial Reserve — Patrick Freeman 
Lay Reserve — Kathleen C. Bailey 
Kansas West Annual Conference (SC) 
Ministerial — Bruce Blake, Clarence Borger, LeRoy Bott, Donald E. Carper, 

Clarence M. Fogleman, Jr., Richard B. Wilke 
Lay — Marvin D. McReynolds, Irene L. Georg, Wilma L. Meier, Tom E. 

Hartman, Avenell R. Elliott, Walter F. Mugler 
Kentucky Annual Conference (SE) 

Ministerial — David A. Seamands, Robert W. Gardner, Donald W. Durham, 

Albert W. Sweazy 
Lay — ComeUus R. Hager, Dorothy R. Buxton, Sarah P. Grain, Robert G. 

Mayfield 
Liberia Annual Conference (OS) 
Ministerial — David S. Doe 
Lay— William V. S. Tubman, Jr. 
Little Rock Annual Conference (SC) 

Ministerial — George W. Martin, J. Edward Dunlap, Virgil D. Keeley, Negail 

R. Riley 
Lay — John Blundell, Don L. Riggin, Richard P. Meredith, Mrs. Zenobia P. 

Waters 
Louisiana Annual Conference (SC) 

Ministerial — William T. Handy, Jr., James W. Heam, Douglas L. McGuire, 

Benedict A. Galloway, Alfred L. Norris 
Lay — Mrs. Mary A. Compton, Mrs. Inez W. Chrisentery, W. D. Cotton, J. R. 

Kemmerly 
Ministerial Reserve — Clyde C. Frazier, Jr. 
Lay Reserves — Hubert M. Blanchard, John B. Tubb 
Louisville Annual Conference (SE) 

Ministerial — Fred R. Pfisterer, Paul Shepherd, Emil D. McAdams, Harry A. 

Pullen, Jr. 
Lay — Rhoda A. Peters, Thomas R. McQuary, Wesley E. Clark 
Lay Reserve — Walter A. Graham 
Lucknow Annual Conference (OS) 
Ministerial — Robert M. Singh 
Lay — Dilip Kumar 



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Madhya Pradesh Annual Conference (OS) 
Ministerial — Samson Solomon 
Lay^Nayan Boro 
Maine Annual Conference (NE) 
Ministerial — S. Clifton Ives 
Lay — Inger Abbott 
Memphis Annual Conference (SE) 

Ministerial — William P. Bailey, Lloyd W. Ramer, J. Harold Beaty, Jack H. 

Henton, Ed L. Crump, Jr. 
Lay — Joe Pevahouse, R. H. Bond, Mrs. Virginia Whitworth, Roy Stephenson, 
Kim Brown 
Middle Philippines Annual Conference (OS) 
Ministerial — Nonato Vengco 
Lay — Rodolfo C. Beltran 
Mindanao Annual Conference (OS) 
Ministerial — Benjamin B. Soriano 
Lay — Andrea A. Agbisit 
Minnesota Annual Conference (NC) 
Ministerial — Charles Purdham, Stanley Hanks, Delton Krueger, Lyle Chris- 

tianson, H. Thomas Walker, E. Russell Praetorius, Joyce Haberman 
Lay — Betty Jean Foster, Kathleen Haining, Leonard Harkness, Norma 
Larson, Lyle Schreiber, Marlene Wordelman, William McPherson 
Mississippi Annual Conference (SE) 

Ministerial — J. W. Leggett, Jr., Robert M. Matheny, G. Eliot Jones, John L. 

Ash, in, Henry Clay, Jr., Clay F. Lee, Jr. 
Lay — Mrs. Josie Smith, Bert Jordan, Mrs. Alice Scarborough, Edwin E. 

Moorhead 
Lay Reserves — Cathy Wells, A. Dan Breland 
Missouri East Annual Conference (SC) 

Ministerial — John W. Ward, Monk Bryan, Neil L. Stein, John C. Montgomery, 

Jr. 
Lay — Nancy McMuUin, J. Clinton Hawkins, Mrs. Ava Swofford 
Lay Reserve — Walter Wilkening 
Missouri West Annual Conference (SC) 

Ministerial — Louis W. Schowengerdt, George C. Moore, C. Jarrett Gray, Sr., 

George E. Poe, F. Hauser Winter, W. Carlton Knight 
Lay — Mrs. Mary Hampton, Aubrey B. Speer, Ralph L. Scott, Mrs. Ann 

Higgins, E. C. Walker 
Lay Reserve — Mrs. Jane Black 
Moradabad Annual Conference (OS) 
Ministerial — Charles S. Khyalie 
Lay — Manohar Lai 
Nebraska Annual Conference (SC) 

Ministerial — Kenneth W. Hicks, Marvin V. Herrick, Emmett T. Streeter, Alva 

H. Clark, C. Rex Bevins, John H. Mikkelsen 
Lay — G. Alan Dunlap, Warren K. Urbom, Norbert Sukovaty, Mrs. Helen 
Marie Clark, Mrs. Yvonne Ferris, Robert M. Harris 
New Hampshire Annual Conference (NE) 
Ministerial — Ernest R. Drake 
Lay — Beverly Boyden 
New Mexico Annual Conference (SC) 

Ministerial — Harry Vanderpool, Bervin 0. Caswell 
Lay — Lucille F. Burkhalter 
Lay Reserve — John Townsend 



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New York Annual Conference (NE) 

Ministerial — William M. James, Richard S. Parker, Irving A. Marsland, Jr., 

Paul F. Abel, Douglas F. Verdin, J. Philip Gehres, Matthew H. Gates, 

Norma A. Rust 
Lay — Vivian P. Overton, Sydney H. Atkinson, Howard H. Darling, William T. 

Staubach, Gloster B. Current, Jeanette Winton, Miriam Isaacs, WiUiam C. 

Kirkwood, Theressa Hoover 
Ministerial Reserve — John E. Carrington 
North Alabama Annual Conference (SE) 

Ministerial — S. J. Elmore, Charles L. Hutchinson, Robert C. Morgan, R. E. 

Kimbrough, Thomas F. Stevenson, Paul L. Clem, John E. Rutland 
Lay — Ed Montgomery, Mrs. Eva Walker, Mrs. Myrtle Gordon, Ransom Durr, 

Eddie Self, Ms. Nina Reeves, George Hundley, WiUiam C. Brannon 
Ministerial Reserve — Charles F. Betts 
North Arkansas Annual Conference (SC) 

Ministerial — Joel A. Cooper, Earl B. Carter, Charles P. McDonald, Ben F. 

Jordan 
Lay — Mildred Osment, Robert D. Cheyne, Homer H. Fulbright, Nadine 

Hardin 
North Carolina Annual Conference (SE) 

Ministerial — James H. McCallum, Charles H. Mercer, WiUiam J. Neese, 

Harvey L. Watson, Simeon F. Cummings, John M. CUne, WaUace H. Kirby, 

Warren B. Petteway, Harold F. Leatherman, Nicholas W. Grant 
Lay — Grier L. Garrick, Mildred Fry, Marjorie Mann, George H. Forehand, 

John M. Meares, Richard B. Bryant, Jr., Jean Dorsett, Nelson Gibson 
Lay Reserves — Ross E. Townes, Steve Banks 
North Dakota Annual Conference (NC) 
Ministerial — David Knecht 
Lay — Robert Sundin 
North Georgia Annual Conference (SE) 

Ministerial — T. Cecil Myers, A. C. Epps, L. Bevel Jones, Gordon G. 

Thompson, H. Dan Rice, Eugene T. Drinkard, William H. Ruff, Robert L. 

Taylor, Larry A. Bauman, Charles R. WiUiams 
Lay — Joe B. Dekle, James A. Mackay, D. W. Brooks, Ms. Lee Drinkard, Bert 

Lance, Mrs. Maude Sneed, Mrs. EUzabeth Pickett, T. R. Wilson, Ms. 

Marilyn Roberts, Paul Webb, Jr. 
North India Annual Conference (OS) 
Ministerial — Cecil T. Richards 
Lay — Absent 
North Indiana Annual Conference (NC) 

Ministerial— Virgil V. Bjork, Merrell D. Geible, Gerald H. Jones, R. Sheldon 

Duecker, John D. Wolf, B. Willis Gierhart, A. Hunter Colpitts, Yung S. 

Chen, Richard E. Kistler 
Lay — Charles E. Hefley, Leila Sites, Anita Fenstermacher, George Davis, 

Pam 0. Anderson, George W. McDermott, C. H. Ade 
Lay Reserves — Jewell Helms, Marianne Norman 
North Mississippi Annual Conference (SE) 

Ministerial — E. A. Bailey, Merlin D. Conoway, John D. Humphrey, Sr., 

Prentiss M. Gordon, Sr. 
Lay — George Berry, Mrs. Elizabeth Stansel, Joe Bailey, Jr., Granville D. 

Crockett 
North Shaba Annual Conference (OS) 
Ministerial — Ngoy K. Wa Kadilo 
Lay — Mrs. Mujinga Kamwashi 



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North Texas Annual Conference (SC) 

Ministerial — Albert C. Outler, Zan Holmes, Jr., William E. Trice, Thomas J. 

Shipp, Benjamin R. Oliphint, R. Bruce Weaver 
Lay — Mrs. Judy M. Gilreath, George M. Boswell, Leo L. Baker, Mrs. Martha 

Boyd Watson 
Lay Reserves — Mrs. Mary May, E. C. Ransom 
Northern Illinois Annual Conference (NC) 

Ministerial— Willie B. Clay, Eugene M. Wykle, Richard D. Tholin, Edsel A. 
Ammons, Merlyn W. Northfelt, Charles W. Jordan, Jose R. Velazquez, 
William D. White, Charles S. Jarvis 
Lay — Frances Alguire, Walter S. Lennartson, Carolyn Oehler, John R. Van 
Sickle, Norma Wieting, Helen Fannings, Hazel Cummings, Robert Albrecht, 
Joseph T. Johnson 
Northern New Jersey Annual Conference (NE) 

Ministerial — Dean A. Lanning, Clark W. Hunt, Eli S. Rivera, Robert B. 

Goodw'in 
Lay — Bettilou Holland, Clair W. Black, Paul Hardin, Abigail J. Cope 
Northern New York Annual Conference (NE) 
Ministerial — Arthur B. Got, Jr., Allison C. Wood 
Lay — Mrs. Shirley Williams, Charles F. Schoenlein 
Northern Philippines Annual Conference (OS) 
Ministerial — Abelardo Ibasco 
Lay — Feliciano Turingan 
Northwest Germany Annual Conference (OS) 

Ministerial — Walter A. Siering, Wolfgang Olfermann 
Lay — Werner Kuehl, Axel Magdowski 
Northwest Philippines Annual Conference (OS) 
Ministerial — Gregorio R. Bailen 
Lay — Restitute F. Samson 
Northwest Texas Annual Conference (SC) 

Ministerial— Clifford E. Trotter, Charles E. Lutrick, Ted J. Dotts, Darris L. 

Egger 
Lay-^im Waterfield, Charles Tyler, Wendell M. Tooley, B. M. Bruckner 
Norway Annuxil Conference (OS) 
Ministerial — Gustav Soiland 
Lay — Olaf Lien 
Oklahoma Annual Conference (SC) 

Ministerial — John W. Russell, William R. Henry, J. Clifton Sprouls, Lloyd A. 
Peters, Merle B. Pulver, Lester A. Meyer, Howard L. Plowman, William B. 
Oden, Irving L. Smith, J. Chess Lovem 
Lay— Dolphus Whitten, Jr., L. T. Hicks, Jim A. Egan, Frank W. Davis, Tal 
Oden, Bob Carlisle, Mrs. Mary Metzel, Mrs. Becky Markham, Theodore L. 
Agnew, Susie English 
Oregon-Idaho Annuxil Conference (W) 

Ministerial — William 0. Walker, Thomas Whitehead 
Lay — Erwin H. Schwiebert, Dorothy Patch, Jeanie Stoppel 
Ministerial Reserve — Alice G. Morrison 
Pacific Northwest Annuxil Conference (W) 

Ministerial — Melvin M. Finkbeiner, Joe A. Harding, Stanley P. DePano, 

Norman R. Lawson, Paul J. Beeman 
Lay — Elaine J. Woodworth, Robert W. Stevens, Barbara J. Wilde, Willard A. 
Zellmer, Norma C. Eby 
Peninsula Annuxil Conference (NE) 
Ministerial— Felton E. May, Raymond J. Cooke, William Hemphill, Joseph G. 
Stapleton 



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Lay — A. Frank Chapman, Mary F. Cooke, James C. Hardcastle, Ralph O'Day 
Philippines Annvxil Conference (OS) 

Ministerial — Clemente S. Zuniga, Jr. , 

Lay — Balbino E. Gatdula, Jr. 
Poland Annual Conference (OS) 

Ministerial — Witold K. Benedyktowicz 
Lay — Miss Jolanta Kuczma 
Puerto Rico Annual Conference (NE) 
Ministerial — Moises Freites 
Lay — Victoria Hernandez 
Rhodesia Annual Conference (OS) 
Ministerial — Josiah Chidzikwe 
Lay — Alex Chibanguza 
Rio Grande Annual Conference (SC) 
Ministerial — Jose Galindo 
Lay — Oscar 0. Garza, IV 
Rocky Mountain Annual Conference (W) 

Ministerial — Harvey H. Potthoff, Calvin D. McConnell, Jameson Jones, Jon R. 

Nieves, William R. Persons 
Lay — Paula Johnston, Joyce D. Sohl, Edward R. Naylor, Ruth Robinson, 
Rodney D. Anderson 
South Carolina Annual Conference (SE) 

Ministerial— A. McKay Brabham, James S. Barrett, J. W. Curry, Sr., Thomas 
N. Brittain, William C. Reid, Ralph A. Cannon, Omega Newman, Eben 
Taylor, C. J. Lupo, Jr., Charles L. Johnson 
Lay — Fletcher Carter, Richard E. Fields, Mrs. Marion Gramling, Allen L. 
Code, R. L. Grigsby, Jr., Harry Kent, Mrs. Lois Burkhalter, Mrs. David 
Bymside, Michael Watson 
Lay Reserve — Mrs. Marion Jones 
South Dakota Annual Conference (NC) 
Ministerial — Earl H. Butz 
Lay — Mrs. Persis Flint 
South Georgia Annual Conference (SE) 

Ministerial— G. Ross Freeman, A. Jason Shirah, Guy K. Hutcherson, C. 

Wilbume Hancock, David A. Duck, C. E. Cariker 
Lay — George W. Mayo, Mrs. Augusta Carruth, S. Walter Martin, Miss Ina 

Randitt, Louis Jordon 
Lay Reserve — J. Taylor Phillips 
South Germany Annual Conference (OS) 

Ministerial — Hermann L. Sticher, Rolf Dimmler 
Lay — Heinz P. Fischer, Richard Jetter 
South India Annual Conference (OS) 
Ministerial — S. Yesumithra 
Lay — E. Jayaprabhu 
South Indiana Annual Conference (NC) 

Ministerial^J. Kenneth Forbes, Gene P. Crawford, Leroy C. Hodapp, Robert 
C. Holmes, Richard E. Hamilton, David J. Lawson, Charles F. Stanton, 
Robert W. Koenig, Richard L. Christopher 
Lay— John J. Thomas, LoisS. Ludwig, Clifford H. Bingham, VelmaM. Harris, 
Basil Lorch, Jr., Edward C. Susat, John J. Easley, Thomas V. Bryant, Ray 
M. Crawford 
Southeast Africa Annual Conference (OS) 
Lay — Andre N. Bahule 
Ministerial Reserve — Filimone M. Massuque 
Southern California- Arizona Annual Conference (W) 



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Ministerial — Richard W. Cain, Elias G. Galvan, J. Irwin Trotter, Thomas K. 

Farley, Richard T. Burdine, DeWane R. Zimmerman, Fred H. Coots, Jr., 

George M. Mann, Melvin G. Talbert, N. Robert Kesler, Phyllis Tyler 

Wayman 
Lay — Marilynn Mabee, William B. RoUins, Becky Kesler, Jean L. Wickett, 

Beverly J. Anderson, Pauline Bobbitt, Diane Moats, CUfford B. Aguilar, 

Ronald H. Warner, Milton K. Asano, Michael Lugo 
Southern Illinois Annual Conference (NC) 

Ministerial — Boyd E. Wagner, Roland A. Lippman, James L. Nettleton, 

William B. Lewis 
Lay — Freda Hasler, Marlene Cummins, Berlin T. Campbell, John R. Rider 
Southern New England Annuxil Conference (NE) 

Ministerial — Blaine E. Taylor, C. Dale White, Jerome K. Del Pino, Terry C. 

Thomason, JuUeanne S. Hallman 
Lay — Elizabeth Ambler, Mary Lou Evans, Walter Thompson 
Lay Reserves — Joyce Robinson, Ridgway F. Shinn, Jr. 
Southern New Jersey Annual Conference (NE) 

Ministerial — Charles A. Sayre, Ernest W. Lee, Edward B. Cheney, Carl W. 

Halvorsen 
Lay — Elizabeth S. Brogdon, William G. Mason, Ronald Beppler, Leon E. 

Walker 
Southern Zaire Annual Conference (OS) 
Ministerial — Kayij Mutombu 
Lay — Kat Namwan 
Southwest Germany Annual Conference (OS) 

Ministerial — Hans-Jurgen Stoecker, Immanuel Dauner 
Lay — Theodor Hermann, Horst Goebel 
Southwest Texas Annual Conference (SC) 

Ministerial — Prenza L. Woods, Ted Richardson, William M. Harris, J. Barcus 

Moore, Ralph H. Seiler 
Lay — Tom Reavley, John T. King, Mrs. Jo Ann Wilshusen, Tom Wise, Don 

Hand 
Sweden Annual Conference (OS) 
Ministerial — Thorvald E. Kallstad 
Lay Reserve — Mrs. Birgit Lind 
Suntzerland-France Annual Conference (OS) 
Ministerial — Heinrich Bolleter, Herbert Humbel 
Lay— Siegfried E. Stich, Theo Gsell 
Tennessee Annual Conference (SE) 
Ministerial — Robert H. Spain, William W. Morris, L. D. Masters, J. E. 

Broyles, Roy C. Clark, Bill Stames 
Lay — James M. Bell, Anne McKenzie, Mrs. Gladys M. Fitts, Floyd Ford, D. R. 

Buttrey 
Lay Reserve — Mrs. 0. S. Luton 
Texas Annual Conference (SC) 
Ministerial — J. Kenneth Shamblin, Charles L. Allen, John W. Hardt, Wallace 

T. Shook, Robert E. Hayes, Sr., M. K. Kellow, Asbury Lenox, Allen M. 

Mayes, Wayne H. McCleskey, Elza L. Love 
Lay — Ray W. Goens, Woodrow Seals, Hallie Morton, Joe B. Allen, Lenora F. 

Clark, Mrs. Vivienne Gray, Hazel M. Decker, Raymond D. Rhone, Mrs. 

Maurice Faubion 
Lay Reserve — James Z. Roberts 
Troy Annual Conference (NE) 
Ministerial — Luther A. Patton, Arthur R. Melius, Royal B. Fishbeck, Jr., 

Rowland S. Conklin 



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Lay — Earle N. Cooper, Alice Trost, Edith French, Arthur L. Doty 
Virginia Annual Conference (SE) 

Ministerial— Carlton P. Minnick, Jr., Godfrey L. Tate, Jr., Paul D. Martin, Jr., 
Harold H. Fink, James R. Smith, James W. Turner, Harry B. Eaton, Ralph 
K. Eutsler, Jacob W. Mast, William E. Knight, Theodore E. Landis, Joseph 
T. Carson, Jr., Lee B. Sheaffer, Ernest K. Emurian, Esdras S. Gruver 

Lay— W. Roland Walker, Jerry G. Bray, Jr., Ethel W. Bom, Harold B. 
Kellam, Robert B. Carpenter, Jr., William T. Robey, Jr., Luther W. White, 
Sandra Baker, A. G. Jefferson, Patti B. Russell, John B. Russell, William C. 
Vaughan, Willard H. Douglas, Jr., John C. Simpson, Jr., Edgar Rowe 
West Michigan Annual Conference (NC) 

Ministerial — Keith I. Pohl, David L. Crawford, Lawrence R. Taylor, John L. 
Francis, Marjorie S. Matthews 

Lay — C. David Lundquist, Wanda R. Crosby, Bernard R. Shashaguay, Plyna 
G. Strong, Katherine W. Wilcox 
West Ohio Annual Conference (NC) 

Ministerial — Emerson S. Colaw, Paul M. Vandegriff, Robert A. Byler, James 

E. Flinchbaugh, John F. Osbom, James T. Davis, Paul E. Stuckey, Joseph 
R. Graham, Carl C. Ling, Hughey L. Jones, W. Owen Delp, Jr., William K. 
Messmer, James H. McCormack, William E. Smith, Homer Glenn Biddle, 
Paul M. Minus, John C. Searle, Jr., William G. Patterson 

Lay — Betty S. Condrey, Samuel L. Meyer, Mattie M. Henderson, Leonard 
Slutz, Daniel C. Jenkins, Sara E. Cox, Charles H. Weston, Jr., Louise 
Goodwin, Harold L. Boda, Charles K. Dilgard, Charles D. Redmond, 
Charles B. McVey, Harriet L. Miller, Eldred B. Heisel, Jane C. Baker, Dale 

F. DeLong 

Lay Reserves — Joseph W. Shields, Torrey A. Kaatz 
West Virginia Annual Conference (NE) 
Ministerial— Ramsey M. Bridges, Claude R. Collins, Robert E. Dille, Dale C. 

Waters, F. Rossing Smith, Arthur G. Backus, Melvin S. Risinger, Martha E. 

Loyd 
Lay — Roy E. Blessing, Jean J. Beard, Herb H. Henderson, James E. Phipps, 

Mary E. Ryan, Roger G. Roberts, Harry L. Miller, D. W. Froe 
Western New York Annual Conference (NE) 
Ministerial — Sherman B. Eckel, Richard W. Harrington, Vernon C. French, 

Vernon Bigler 
Lay — Joseph H. Kite, Jr., Mrs. Jeanne D. Barger, Mrs. Lorena I. Crosby, 

John H. Minsker 
Western North Carolina Annual Conference (SE) 
Ministerial — Charles D. White, Jerry D. Murray, Thomas A. Langford, H. 

Claude Young, Jr., R. Herman Nicholson, James C. Peters, John H. Christy, 

Orion N. Hutchinson, Jr., J. Clay Madison, Philip L. Shore, Jr., John L. 

McWhorter, H. Eugene Peacock, R. Paschal Waugh 
Lay— Wesley Bailey, Lucy Gist, William T. Boyd, W. David Stedman, Mrs. 

Lurleen G. Earnhardt, Clarence M. Winchester, 0. E. Dillon, R. Powell 

Majors, Mrs. Fletcher Nelson, Mrs. Viola Redding, James A. Summers, Joe 

C. Totherow, Jeremiah Wolfe 
Western Pennsylvania Annual Conference (NE) 
Ministerial — Kenneth P. Rutter, James A. Woomer, Hugh D. Crocker, H. 

Donald Lash, Nelson E. Stants, William B. Grove, James L. Carraway, 

Gerald A. McCormick, Delbert E. Jolley, Paul M. Easter, Jack F. Emerick, 

Robert C. Siess 
Lay — Lillian A. Sloan, Dwight M. Bittner, John G. Johnson, William M. 

Beatty, Herbert L. Gwyer, Howard J. Horton, Barbara Blackstone, Doris 

M. Handy 



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Lay Reserves — James Donner, G. Eugene Rote, Bernice Bishop, Joyce 

Anderegg 
Wisconsin Annual Conference (NC) 

Ministerial — Gordon R. Bender, Richard 0. Truitt, Donald D. Fenner, Sharon 

B. Christopher, Stanford Strosahl, Perry H. Saito, Abraham Carey 
Lay — Leigh Roberts, Ruth Tubbs, Patricia Soderholm, Lois Olson, Michael 

Gray, Irene Cramer, Joyce Mevis 
Wyoming Annual Conference (NE) 
Ministerial— James A. Wert, Edgar F. Singer, Robert E. Germond, William 

W. Reid, Jr. 
Lay— Harry C. Woodfield, Mrs. Cathy Lashford, Mrs. Grace TerwiUiger, 

Duane Vosburg 
Yellowstone Annual Conference (W) 
Ministerial — Herbert A. Cies 
Lay — C. B. (Chappy) Nightingale 

Missionary Conferences 

Alaska Missionary Conference (W) 

Ministerial — Robert D. Bowers 

Lay — Mrs. Danita Trudeau 
Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference (SC) 

Ministerial — Thomas Roughface, Sr. 

Lay — Joan Deere 
Red Bird Missionary Conference (SE) 

Ministerial — John W. Bischoff 

Lay — Mrs. Ruby Lambdin 

Affiliated Autonomous and United Churches 

Methodist Church of Argentina 

Ministerial — Bishop Carlos T. Gattinoni 

Lay — Mrs. Odila de Jacob 
Protestant Church of Belgium 

Ministerial — Andre J. Pieters 

Lay — Ms. Ruth Fraisse-Lheureux 
Methodist Church of Chile 

Ministerial — Juan Vasquez 

Lay — Mario Astorga 
Methodist Church of Costa Rica 

Ministerial — Samuel Calvo 

Lay — Ramiro C. Soto 
Dominican Evangelical Church 

Ministerial — Noe Feliz Roman 
Methodist Church of Hong Kong 

Ministerial — Lincoln Leung 

Lay — John Yue 
United Church of Christ in Japan 

Ministerial — Hajime Kashiwai, Kazuyoshi Morisawa 

Lay — Matsuo Fukaya, Masae Harada 
Korean Methodist Church 

Ministerial — Bishop Chang Hee Kim, Ki Chul Nam 

Lay — Kyu Whan Kim 

Lay Reserve — Mrs. Margaret B. Judy 
Methodist Church of Malaysia-Singapore 

Ministerial — Denis C. Dutton 

Lay — Yao Ping Hua 



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Methodist Church of Mexico 

Ministerial — Alejandro M. Ruiz 

Lay — Roberto Rios 
United Methodist Church of Sierra Leone 

Ministerial — Bishop Benjamin A. Carew 

Lay — Kumba T. Turner 
Methodist Church of Uruguay 

Ministerial — Oscar L. Bolioli 

Travel Expense Information 

R. Bryan Brawner (Treasurer) gave instructions and informa- 
tion related to the filing of travel expense vouchers and the 
issuing of travel and per diem checks. 

Commission on the General Conference 

Gene E. Sease (Western Pennsylvania), chairperson of the 
Commission, made a brief statement and introduced Norman L. 
Conard (General Conference Business Manager), William Beatty 
and Scott Bozeman (Commission Vice-chairpersons), Herbert C. 
Hardy (Local Committee Chairperson), and Earl Riddle (Local 
Committee Executive Director). He then presented the Honor- 
ary Chairperson of the Local Committee, Bishop Jack Tuell, to 
bring official greetings to the Conference from the Portland 
Area. 

Greetings 

Bishop Jack M. Tuell (Portland Area): We welcome you all to Portland. I think 
you have perhaps found out by now that the climate can be delightful, and we are 
hoping that it will stay that way during these two weeks that we are together. I 
think you have had some opportunity to meet some of our people at the airport, at 
the hotel and many other places, and to sense something of the warmth of 
fellowship of discipleship that is ours here in this part of the world. There will be 
many opportunities for you who are delegates, as well as those who are not 
delegates — those who are visitors — to be engaged in a variety of activities. We 
hope that you will take note of these in the Daily Christian Advocate and out at 
the information booth and avail yourselves of them, so that this time will be a 
memorable one for you here in Portland. Dr. Sease made mention of a couple of 
our local people. I just want to say another word about them — in particular the 
chairperson, Mr. Herbert Hardy, who is a local attorney, a very devoted member 
of the First United Methodist Church of this city — and all of the people on this 
committee who have done so much. 

I recall that it was in March, 1969, a little over seven years ago that some of us 
gathered together for the first meeting in Portland to start talking about the 
General Conference. And the period of intense activity of planning has taken 
place over the last three years. The last person I would like to mention is our 
executive director. He has been mentioned once but I think he deserves another 
good word, because Rev. Earl Riddle has given of himself with complete devotion 
to this task. He happens to be the director of the Council on Ministries of our 
Annual Conference, and has a fulltime job on his hands. But in addition to that, he 
took up on the executive directorship and has just been outstanding in terms of all 
that he has done to make possible the gathering together here. 



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So I want to pay tribute to those persons especially as we welcome you officially 
to the General Conference, to the City of Portland, to the Oregon-Idaho 
Conference and to the Portland Area. Thank you very much. 

Commission on the General Conference — ^Report 

Gene E. Sease resumed the report of the Commission. He 
noted that the Commission was assigned the responsibiUty of 
planning the schedule for the opening day, and that the schedule 
was printed in the Daily Christian Advocate. 

He reported that invitations had been issued to fraternal 
delegates through a committee chaired by Irving L. Smith 
(Oklahoma), and that it was the recommendation of the 
Commission that an Order of the Day be established for Friday, 
April 30, at 11:30 a.m. for the presentation of fraternal delegates 
to the Conference. The Order of the Day was set by vote of the 
Conference. 

Mr. Sease stated that it was the recommendation of the 
Commission that the per diem allowance for this General 
Conference be set at $25.00 per day for each delegate for the days 
said delegate is in attendance at the sessions of the Conference. 
The recommendation was approved by vote of the Conference. 

Mr. Sease: Seating: We recommend that the seating chart on page A-7 become 
our seating plan and that active and retired members of the Judicial Council be 
seated on the platform along with the bishops. We are pleased to announce that 
Dr. Roger Burgess has been elected by the commission to serve as the editor of 
the Daily Christian Advocate, upon nomination by Dr. John Procter, publisher. 
We would like to express our profound appreciation to the publishing interests of 
the Church and to United Methodist Communications for the splendid cooperation 
which they have given this commission in making news of the General Conference 
available across the church, and in assisting us in cost reduction through the 
preparation of our reports in a uniform booklet. 

This commission has been very cost conscious, and the publisher and his 
associates have been extremely helpful. We also express our deep appreciation to 
the Publishing House for the complimentary copies of the hymn laooks printed 
both in Spanish and in English. Dr. Carlton R. Young will again serve as our 
director of music. You will witness his masterful leadership throughout the 
sessions. He has brought together an impressive array of talented choirs and 
groups representative of our church to assist us in worship. The first of three 
telecasts featuring choirs and bishops leading worship will be viewed tomorrow 
morning at 7:00 on Channel 12. 

The facilities for meetings of the legislative committees have been arranged as 
established by the Committee on Plan of Organization and Rules of Order as 
authorized by the 1972 General Conference. The commission has cooperated with 
anticipated legislation which will shortly be presented as a part of the report of 
that committee under the leadership of Dr. Leonard Slutz. Because of questions 
which have been raised regarding the legality of motions from the floor to seat 
delegates with vote and provide per diem expense, the commission requested a 
ruling on this subject from the Judicial Council. The question asked was, "Who 
can elect and seat delegates to the General Conference and by what process?" The 
decision. No. 402, was as follows: (We quote that decision.) "It is the decision of 
the Judicial Council that the only legally constituted delegates to the General 



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Conference are those who are elected by the Annual Conferences or those elected 
by affiliated autonomous Methodist Churches or by the Methodist Church in 
Great Britain in concordats approved by the General Conference. Only such duly 
elected persons have all the rights and privileges of delegates including the right 
to expenses and per diem." Still another responsibiUty of our commission is to fix 
the time and place of the next General Conference. It is our present plan to meet 
in April, 1980, in Indianapolis, Indiana. Respectfully submitted, Gene Sease, 
chairperson; J. B. Holt, secretary. 

The report was adopted by vote of the Conference. 

Committee on Agenda 

Douglas F. Verdin (New York), chairman of the committee, 
presented a preliminary report for the committee. He outlined 
the committee's general intentions with respect to the scheduling 
of time for legislative committee meetings and plenary sessions 
during the early days of the Conference. Other officers of the 
committee were introduced as Willie B. Clay (Northern Ilhnois), 
vice-chairman, and Yvonne Ferris (Nebraska), secretary. The 
report was received by action of the Conference. 

Election of Secretarial Staff 

Bishop Ralph T. Alton (Secretary, Council of Bishops) 
explained that J. B. Holt had been elected Secretary-Designate 
by the 1972 General Conference and would therefore serve as 
Secretary for the 1976 General Conference. He called on Dr. Holt 
to present nominations of persons to serve on the secretarial staff 
for this Conference. The persons nominated by Dr. Holt were 
elected (see pages 14-15). 

Nominations — Standing Administrative Committees 

Bishop Alton presented nominations from the Council of 
Bishops for membership on the Standing Administrative Com- 
mittees of the Conference. He announced the locations in which 
the several committees would hold their organizational meetings 
and the names of the bishops designated to convene them. The 
persons nominated by the Council of Bishops to serve on these 
committees were elected by the Conference (see pages 19-21). 

Interim Committee on Plan of Organization and Rules of 
Order 

Leonard D. Slutz (West Ohio), chairman of the committee, 
presented the report. He stated that there were a number of 
changes proposed in the Plan of Organization and Rules of Order, 
but suggested that, since many of them were comparatively 
minor, they be voted at the conclusion of the report instead of 
individually. 



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Mr. Slutz presented the following recommended changes: 
(Editor's note: The reference in parenthesis is to the page in this 
Journal on which the amended reading appears.) 

1. In Plan of Organization I, A, delete the word "preceding" 
before "General Conference" (see page 158). 

2. In Plan of Organization I, A, (2), (d), following the 
reference to the Discipline, Pars. 38-40, add the words "as 
amended by Amendment VIII, Par. 67" (see page 158). 

3. In Plan of Organization III, amend the last sentence to 
read as follows: "The committee shall be free to select a 
bishop for more than one session whenever it seems 
advisable." (see page 160) 

4. In Plan of Organization V, delete that portion of the first 
sentence following the semicolon and substitute the 
following: "half of whom shall be elected by the General 
Conference each quadrennium" (see page 161). 

5. In the same section, amend the sentence dealing with the 
filling of vacancies to read as follows: "If vacancies occur, 
the Council of Bishops shall elect successors to serve until 
the next session of the General Conference and then 
nominate for election by the General Conference persons to 
serve any remainder of the term." (see page 161) 

6. In the same section, the third paragraph, add the following 
to the end of the first sentence: "and anticipated time of 
adjournment" (see page 161). 

7. In Plan of Organization VI, A, (1), add a new (e) to read as 
follows: ''(e) Each special study commission ordered by the 
previous General Conference shall be given 20 minutes on 
the agenda, as early as possible, for presentation of its 
report before reference to the appropriate legislative 
committee." (Editor's note: Inasmuch as this provision 
would have conflicted with a revision to Plan of Organiza- 
tion VI, A, (10), which was adopted in a later session of the 
Conference, it is not included in the Plan of Organization as 
printed in this Journal.) 

8. In Plan of Organization VI, A, (1), (f), add two new 
sentences as follows: "Priority shall be given to calendar 
items as soon as they are available. At the last plenary 
session of each day a tentative agenda for the next day 
shall be announced." (see page 163) 

9. In Plan of Organization VI, A, (2), add a new (e) as follows: 
"and (e) give priority to calendar items involving majority 
and minority reports." (see page 163) 

10. In Plan of Organization VI, A, (4), delete present (h) in its 
entirety and substitute the following new (b): ''(b) 



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Members of the General Conference desiring the adoption 
of resolutions of commendation, courtesy, appreciation, 
etc., shall submit them in writing to the Committee on 
Courtesies and Privileges. The committee may initiate 
similar resolutions and edit and amend those submitted to 
it. Resolutions approved by the committee shall be printed 
in the Daily Christian Advocate, and brought to the floor if 
the committee considers them of unusual importance or 
urgency." (see page 164) 

11. In Plan of Organization VI, A, (4) (e), substitute "ten" for 
"twenty" (see page 164). 

12. In Plan of Organization VI, A, (5), add the following to the 
end of the second sentence: "indicating the length of time 
for which the change shall be effective." (see page 164) 

13. In the same section, the third sentence, substitute a period 
for the semicolon and delete everything following the 
semicolon. At the beginning of the third sentence, add the 
words "Through the Daily Christian Advocate"; and add 
two new sentences. The last three sentences of VI, A, (5) 
would then read: "Through the Daily Christian Advocate, 
this Committee shall, in turn, report to the Conference all 
changes in seating which have been reported to it and 
approved by it. In the event of disapproval, or in 
connection with any other questions which may arise 
regarding the eligibility of seating any delegates, this 
Committee shall report to the General Conference with its 
recommendations. Any request for seating a person other 
than an elected delegate shall be submitted to the 
Credentials Committee for its consideration and recom- 
mendation." (see pages 164-165) 

14. In Plan of Organization VI, A, (7), delete the last three 
words of the first sentence and all of the second sentence; 
substitute the following at the end of the first sentence: 
"through the Daily Christian Advocate, unless a correc- 
tion needs to be made." (see page 165) 

15. In Plan of Organization VI, A, (10), the fourth sentence, 
immediately after the words "Quadrennial Reports," insert 
the following new language: "all reports and recommenda- 
tions from General Boards, General Councils, Standing or 
Special Commissions and Committees." (see page 166) 
(Editor's note: This sentence was further amended later in 
the conference.) 

16. In the same section, the second paragraph, following the 
words "origin and destination," the committee recom- 
mended inserting two new sentences as follows: "Where 



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the Committee finds two or more substantially identical 
petitions, it may assign consecutive numbers to them, 
printing only the group of numbers, followed, without 
separate paragraphing, by the names of the persons 
submitting the petitions. When a single petition is signed 
by a number of people, the committee need print only the 
name of the first signer, with an indication of the total 
number of signers." 

Mr. Slutz indicated that the Committee on Reference wished to 
propose a substitute for this recommendation. The Chair 
recognized William P. Bailey (Memphis) for presentation of the 
substitute. 

Mr. Bailey: The substitute that the Reference Committee proposes would 
cause this addition to read: "Where the committee finds two or more substantially 
identical petitions, it may group them under one title and number, indicating the 
total number of petitions. In the case of a single petition signed by a number of 
people, the Committee need print only the name of the first signer, with an 
indication of the total number of signers." 

Mr. Bailey spoke in support of the substitute, and it was 
adopted by vote of the Conference, (see page 167) 

Mr. Slutz resumed presentation of the committee's recom- 
mended changes in the Plan of Organization and Rules of Order. 

17. In Plan of Organization VI, B, the first sentence, following 
the words "present legislation of the church," insert this 
phrase: "including all reports and recommendations from 
General Boards, Councils, and Standing or Special Com- 
missions or Committees"; delete the language which now 
follows the semicolon in this sentence (see page 167). 

18. In the same section, delete the three sentences beginning 
with the words "Too extensive use ..." and ending with 
"... authorize immediately consideration of this report." 

19. In Plan of Organization VI, C, the committee proposed 
changes which would result in the first choice of legislative 
committee assignment alternating between the first lay 
delegate and first ministerial delegate, and then between 
subsequently elected lay delegates and ministerial dele- 
gates, in each annual conference delegation. This was 
proposed as a substitute for existing language which 
provided that the first lay delegate from each annual 
conference had the first choice of legislative committee 
assignment at every General Conference. In the same 
section the committee proposed other editorial changes to 
accommodate the reduction of the number of legislative 
committees from fourteen to ten (see pages 170-171). 



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20. In the same section, at the end of the first paragraph, 
following the material in parentheses, add two new 
sentences as follows: "Whenever a delegation has more 
than one member on a legislative committee, its members 
shall be divided as equally as possible between lay and 
clergy. Thus, if there are three members on a committee, 
they shall be two clergy and one lay or vice versa." (see 
page 171) 

21. In the same section, at the end of the second paragraph, 
add a new last sentence: "Each person seated in the 
General Conference with right to speak but not vote may 
submit to the Secretary of the General Conference a choice 
of a legislative committee and shall have the same right in 
that committee to speak but not vote." (see page 171) 

22. In Plan of Organization VI, D, (1), add a new sentence as 
follows: "The first meeting of the legislative committee 
shall be held as soon as possible following the first plenary 
session of the General (!lonference." (see page 172) 

Time Extended 

The Chair called attention to the fact that the time set for 
adjournment had been reached, and asked whether the Confer- 
ence wished to extend the time for the completion of the report 
which was in progress. By action of the Conference, the time was 
extended. 

Report Resumed 

Mr. Slutz resumed presentation of the committee report. 

23. In Plan of Organization VI, D, (1), following the new 
sentence added previously, the committee recommended 
the addition of another sentence as follows: "The expediter 
assigned by the Secretary of the General Conference shall 
give a brief statement of the purpose and work of the 
committee, after which the election of its officers shall be 
the first item of business." (see page 172. Editor's Note: 
The General Conference did not approve a subsequent 
recommendation of the committee, which would have 
authorized the Secretary to select an expediter for each 
legislative committee; therefore, the reference to the role 
of the expediter does not appear in the Plan of Organiza- 
tion as printed in this Journal.) 

24. In Plan of Organization VI, D, (1), delete sub-paragraph 
(b) and reletter (c) as (b) (see page 172). 

Mr. Slutz presented the committee's recommendation for the 
addition of a new section VI, D, (1), (c). The proposed new 



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sub-paragraph contained provisions governing the selection and 
responsibilities of persons who would serve the Conference's 
standing legislative committees as expediters. 

C. P. Minnie k, Jr. (Virginia) moved to delete the proposed 
new sub-paragraph VI, D, (1), (c) in its entirety. He spoke in 
support of his motion to delete on the grounds that each of the 
functions proposed for the expediters could be better cared for in 
other ways. Mr. Slutz spoke in support of the committee 
recommendation. Gloster Current (New York) supported the 
motion to delete. By vote of the Conference, the proposed new 
sub-paragraph was deleted from the report. 

Mr. Slutz resumed presentation of the amendments to the Plan 
of Organization and Rules of Order proposed by the committee. 

25. In Plan of Organization VI, D, add a new (4) to read as 
follows: "(4) Each legislative committee shall establish an 
area in which only voting committee members will be 
seated. Staff, resource persons, and visitors may speak 
only when authorized, in each instance by specific commit- 
tee action." (see page 172) 

26. In Plan of Organization VI, D, add a new (5) to read as 
follows: "(5) Legislative committees are urged to give 
priority to significant and controversial legislation so that 
their reports on such matters may be printed as soon as 
possible in the Daily Christian Advocate and considered 
by the General Conference." (see page 172) 

27. In Plan of Organization VI, D, add a new (6) to read as 
follows: "(6) Minority reports should be encouraged so that 
differing views held by a significant portion of the 
committee may be carefully prepared and expressed and 
the issues clearly defined for decision by the General 
Conference. Adequate time should be given for the 
minority to prepare its report and every effort made to 
have the majority and minority reports printed together in 
the Daily Christian Advocate. (See Rules 17, 23, 33, and 
36.)" (see page 172) 

28. In Plan of Organization VIII, increase the mileage 
allowance for delegates coming by car to 120 per mile, (see 
page 174). 

Ernest K. Emurian (Virginia) objected to the proposed new 
section VI, D, (6) on the grounds that the phrase "significant 
portion" was too vague. He asked whether Mr. Slutz would 
accept a specific percentage for the portion of a committee 
required for submission of a minority report. Mr. Slutz 



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responded that Rule 33 of the Conference set 10% or 10 members 
of a committee as the number requh*ed in support of a minority 
report. He opposed the suggestion to include a specific percent- 
age in the new VI, D, (6). 

John R. VanSickle (Northern IlHnois) asked a question about 
the relationship of the language in Plan of Organization VIII to 
that included in the instructions printed on the delegates' 
expense vouchers. He referred specifically to a 1000-mile 
limitation on reimbursable automobile expense which appeared in 
the expense voucher instructions, but not in the Plan of 
Organization. Mr. Slutz responded briefly for the committee. At 
the request of the Chair, Ewing T. Wayland (Associate General 
Secretary, Council on Finance and Administration) explained 
that the 1000-mile limitation was a practice of long standing in the 
reimbursement of travel expenses for the Council of Bishops and 
general boards and agencies in connection with their meetings 
and staff travel. 

Clifford Droke (California-Nevada) moved to amend Plan of 
Organization VIII (3) by deleting the two sentences beginning 
with the words "When two or more delegates . . . ," and by 
substituting language from the travel expense voucher as 
follows: 

Mr. Droke: "When one or more delegates come in the same automobile the 
owner will be allowed 12 cents per mile plus the cost of room and meals enroute. 
Guest passengers who are the principal delegates to the General Conference shall 
submit only the cost of room and meals enroute. Maximum use of automobiles for 
travel may not exceed 1,000 miles round trip for reimbursement purposes. If 
automobile travel exceeds 1,000 miles round trip, reimbursement will be based on 
round trip air coach fare rather than mileage." 

Charles E. Edgar (Central Pennsylvania) asked a question for 
clarification. The Chair responded. The motion to substitute was 
put to a vote and was adopted. Richard E. Johnsoyi (Kansas 
East) stated that he had not heard the Chair call for the negative 
vote. The Chair called for the Conference to vote again and 
reaffirmed that the substitute was adopted. 

Rodolfo C. Beltran (Middle Philippines) asked a question 
regarding the provision in Plan of Organization VIII that 
overseas delegates were to be allowed travel expenses on the 
basis of roundtrip tourist air fare. 

Mr. Beltran: My question, Mr. Chairman, is what is the difference between an 
excursion ticket and a tourist ticket? The Middle Philippines delegation were 
given excursion tickets, which is good only for 21 days. 

Mr. Slutz asked for clarification on the question. 



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Mr. Beltran: Mr. Chairman, the tourist ticket is good for one year; the 
excursion ticket is good only for 21 days. If we go outside more than the 21 days, 
we are absorbing the additional. 

Mr. Slutz responded. Gregorio R. Bailen (Northwest Philip- 
pines) made a statement critical of the practice of limiting the 
payment of overseas delegates' travel expenses to a twenty-one 
day excursion ticket and to per diem expenses for two days 
before and two days after the General Conference. Mr. Slutz 
moved that the provision in the Plan of Organization governing 
overseas delegates' expenses be referred to the Council on 
Finance and Administration for its consideration and recommen- 
dation to the General Conference. The motion to refer was 
adopted. 

Mr. Slutz resumed presentation of the report of the Interim 
Committee on Plan of Organization and Rules of Order. 
29. Add new sections X and XI to the Plan of Organization as 
follows: 

X. DISTRIBUTION TO DESKS OF MEMBERS 
"After the first day, only the Daily Christian Advocate 

shall be placed on the desks of the members." 

XI. REPORTS TO BE MAILED BEFORE GENERAL 
CONFERENCE 

"We strongly urge all Councils, Boards and Standing or 
Special Commissions or Committees to mail their reports 
and recommendations to all delegates at least 60 days prior 
to the opening of the General Conference. Such reports 
shall be printed in the same size and style as the Daily 
Christian Advocate and be punched for binding." 

C. P. Minnick, Jr. (Virginia) moved to amend the committee's 
recommendation . 

Mr. Minnick: I'd like you to delete those first three words "We strongly urge" 
and amend the section to read "All councils, boards, and standing or special 
commissions or committees shall mail their reports and recommendations to all 
delegates at least 60 days prior to the opening of the General Conference. Such 
reports shall be printed in the same size and style as the Daily Christian 
Advocate and be punched for binding." I'd like to add this statement, "Any such 
reports not mailed 60 days in advance may be presented to the General 
Conference only upon a motion to receive them, which motion must be approved 
by three-fourths vote of the General Conference." 

Bishop Ward: Seconded? Yes, you would speak to it, sir? 

Mr. Minnick: Yes, I would like to. All of us are grateful for the advance copies 
of reports much better than in previous General Conferences, but it is still 



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extremely difficult if not impossible to study and digest this much material in less 
than 60 days. It just seems to me that our boards, committees and commissions 
need to meet earlier and complete their work earlier; otherwise, it seems to me 
that we are in danger of doing too much hasty legislation here, in fact we move 
toward legislation by boards and committees. 

Mr. Minnick's amendment was put to a vote and adopted. 
(Editor's note: Both Plan of Organization X and XI were further 
amended later in the Conference and are printed in this Journal 
in their final form; see pages 174-175.) 

Woodrow Seals (Texas) moved to add a new section XII to the 
Plan of Organization to provide that a place would be made 
available for the distribution of materials which section X 
prohibits from being placed on members' desks. He spoke in 
support of his motion. Paul E. Myers (Central Pennsylvania) 
stated that the Commission on the General Conference had 
already made provision for such a place. Based on this 
information, Mr. Seals withdrew his motion, 

Richard W. Harrington (Western New York) asked Mr. Slutz 
a question. Herbert L. Gwyer (Western Pennsylvania) moved to 
adjourn, with the committee report to be resumed at the 
Wednesday, April 28, plenary session. The motion to adjourn 
was adopted. 

Melvin Brawn (California-Nevada) asked a question. Bishop 
Ward made an announcement. Gloster Current (New York) 
moved that the evening session be set for 7:30 p.m. The motion 
was adopted. The session was adjourned. 



FIRST DAY, TUESDAY, APRIL 27, 1976 
EVENING SESSION 

Opening — ^Hymn Sing 

Pursuant to adjournment, the General Conference of The 
United Methodist Church convened in the evening session of 
Tuesday, April 27, 1976, at 7:30 p.m. in the Memorial Coliseum, 
Portland, Oregon, with Bishop W. Ralph Ward, New York Area, 
presiding. 

The Conference engaged in a Hymn Sing under the direction of 
Carlton R. Young, with leadership and participation by the 
following individuals and groups: Robert C. Harvey, Director of 
Youth and Outdoor Ministries, Oregon-Idaho Annual Confer- 
ence; Julie Stickney, Director of the Children of the Universe 
Choir, First United Methodist Church, Vancouver, Washington; 
Chet Earls, Associate Minister, First United Methodist Church, 
Portland, Oregon; Marjorie Tuell, a certified Director of Music, 
Portland, Oregon; The Chamber Singers, Scarritt College, 
Nashville, Tennessee; Jonas Nordwall, Organist, First United 
Methodist Church, Portland, Oregon; Brass Ensemble, Portland 
Symphony. 

Bishop Nolan B. Harmon led the Conference in prayer. Bishop 
Ward expressed appreciation to Mrs. Marjorie Tuell, Dr. Carlton 
Young, and all of those associated with the service of music and 
worship just concluded. 

Episcopal Address — ^Bishop James S. Thomas 

The Episcopal Address was given by Bishop James S. Thomas 
(Iowa Area) (see page 187). 

June Goldman (Iowa): Bishop Ward, members of the General Conference, I 
would move that we receive the Episcopal Address delivered by Bishop James 
Thomas, and I would request that the Chair grant permission for me to express a 
word of appreciation from the Iowa delegation and the entire Iowa Conference to 
our beloved Bishop. Thank you. Iowa means "beautiful land," and in our lexicon 
"Thomas" means "beautiful person." Iowa United Methodists are deeply 
appreciative, Bishop Thomas, of your incisive, but always sensitive, administra- 
tive leadership during these 12 years which have passed all too swiftly. We are 
particularly grateful for your compassionate caring for each one of your flock. We 
shall always rejoice that you passed our way, and we thank you for having 
touched our lives with a special grace. 

Bishop Ward: Thank you, Mrs. Goldman, and the applause and standing of this 
entire house expresses unanimously our appreciation not only for this formal 
resolution and the spirit in which it has been given but all of us for the address 
which the Bishop has delivered. 

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Procedure for Evening Session 

The Chair noted that, in order for the Conference to be able to 
proceed with organization of the legislative committees and other 
matters necessary to its proper functioning, it was quite 
important that action on the rules be completed at this session. 
He asked if it would be the will of the body to extend the time 
after consideration of the Bicentennial Resolution to permit 
action on the rules. By action of the Conference it was so ordered. 

Bicentennial Resolution 

Albert C. Outler (North Texas): Mr. Chairman, members of the Conference, 
the Committee of the Commission on Archives and History has been working 
through the quadrennium to bring a report to this Conference on Bicentennial- 
USA. This committee joins with all of you, and with the Iowa delegation in 
particular, in expressing our appreciation for the masterful Episcopal Address of 
Bishop Thomas. His reference to human history as that time which God has given 
us as a priceless gift reminds us of all the various histories and heritages which we 
have come to cherish in a world church such as ours. With Bishop Thomas we also 
recall that The United Methodist Church, with its antecedents, grew up in the 
USA and still has a special responsibility for the wholeness of our ministry to all 
Americans and to all the world as well. 

What better time than this Bicentennial year to recommit ourselves to the 
reforming of this continent and the world, spreading scriptural holiness over this 
land and over all lands. We responded with special interest to the Bishops' 
suggestion that we now begin to look ahead toward the American Methodist 
Bicentennial and to make of it a time for realizing in 1984 what the Revolutionary 
church leaders hoped for in 1784. In line therefore with what we have heard and 
affirmed we offer the foUowing comment together with a concurrent resolution 
prepared by the committee in consultation with the GCOM and with the 
Commission on Religion and Race. 

Dr. Outler proceeded with the reading of the resolution as 
recommended by the committee. 

Dr. Outler: "The Methodist Episcopal Church — the oldest of the constituent 
bodies of what is now The United Methodist Church — was the first church 
organized in the new "United States of America." Bishops Francis Asbury and 
Thomas Coke were the first church officials to present a formal address to the 
new nation's newly inaugurated President, George Washington. The texts of 
their address and of President Washington's cordial response are recorded in 
Nathan Bangs' History of the Methodist Episcopal Church (1839), I, 284-86. 

"Since their beginnings, therefore, Methodist history and United States history 
have been linked and intertwined. Methodism's role during these two centuries 
has been significant, even though its contributions to the course of this nation's 
development have all too often fallen short of our professed ideals. We would, 
however, be ungrateful if we forgot the heroism, zeal and vision of our Methodist 
pioneers and circuit riders ("friars on horseback," in Charles Ferguson's apt 
phrase) or if we underestimated the splendid service of faithful Methodist, and 
other, witnesses to Christ, in a succession that runs from Barbara Heck, Jacob 
Albright, William Otterbein down to Bishop Thomas himself. This is a goodly 
heritage and for it we offer thanks and praise to God. 



The United Methodist Church 23,1 

"We are, of course, very much aware of The United Methodist Church's 
present status as a world church, dedicated to authentic inclusiveness as an ideal, 
committed to a multinational, multiracial outreach. We are grateful for this 
diversity-in-unity, unity-in-diversity. Even so, it ought not to be inappropriate 
for even such a church to share in the celebrations of Bicentennial-USA and to 
affirm, in appropriate ways, the vision and values of a particular national heritage 
at its best: (1) its guiding passion for "the sacred cause of liberty"; (2) its 
constitutionally grounded commitments to human rights; (3) its unparalleled 
efforts in the mingling of diverse races and cultures even while also affirming 
ethnic particularities; (4) its survival as the oldest representative national 
government in history. Despite sad lapses and tragic failures, this is a national 
heritage worthy of grateful celebration. 

"United Methodists are urged, therefore, to seek and find their own best ways 
to share in the observances of Bicentennial-USA, to make of it a fitting occasion 
for serious reflection upon the lessons of modem history and the relevance of 
these lessons for our present dilemmas. This Bicentennial year is a fullness of 
time in which we may all join in still more earnest struggles for liberty, justice, 
and community in more sensitive efforts to comprehend and help redeem the 
tragedies of alienation and frustration permeating modem societies everywhere. 
This, in its turn, becomes a challenge to us all — to rekindle the spirit of true 
thanksgiving to God, to ponder anew his mysterious providences in history, to 
sound yet once again the prophetic call to obedience to God's rule of righteousness 
in human hearts and human affairs. It is, moreover, an opportunity to re-examine 
the ethical issues involved in the complex problem of political revolutions (violent 
and non-violent) as means of social change — as an aspect of the still larger 
question of the role and mission of the church in a secular world. 

"But our observances will be no more than ceremonial unless they prompt us to 
fresh and positive commitments. Bicentennial-USA is, therefore, an occasion for 
personal and national rededication to God's high purpose that humanity should 
attain his goal for it: viz., of compassionate community, in this nation, in other 
nations, in the family of nations. Two centuries have dimmed the original vision of 
"liberty under law"; this vision must be renewed or else it will fade still further. It 
is all too clear that God's business in the world is woefully unfinished; we must 
enlarge our obedience to the imperatives of his Kingdom or else our hypocrisies 
wiU become even more starkly evident. The two centuries that are symbolized by 
this Bicentennial have brought humanity to new frontiers of national and global 
community. We must be more venturesome, courageous and wise in their 
exploration than ever before, or else be left in history's lurch. 

"God has had a way of calling and sending his pilgrim people into mission — from 
Abram in Chaldea down to our own times. Even the greatest of them, however, 
have understood that "such transcendent power (in human history) does not come 
from us, but is God's alone" (II Cor. 4:7). It is, therefore, our unshaken faith that 
Jesus Christ is Lord of history — of what has been and what may yet be. And thus 
we see this Bicentennial-USA as yet another instance of God's calling and 
sending — calling us back to grateful remembrance of an important chapter in the 
human past, sending us forward into an uncertain future with fi-esh hope and 
courage. 

Resolution 

"Wherefore, be it resolved that the Bicentennial-USA be commended by this 
Conference to United Methodists as an event worthy of appropriate observance, 
and 

"Further, 

1. That Annual Conferences and local churches in the USA be encouraged to 
include such Bicentennial observances in their program emphases for 1976; 



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2. That the goodwill and prayers of United Methodists in other nations be 
sought and petitioned, and their recognition of this event be invited, to be 
expressed in ways of their own choosing. 

3. That in the USA, the "Thanksgiving season" of 1976 be designated as a time 
of National Rededication for United Methodists and that the Sunday before 
"Thanksgiving" be appointed for special emphasis — e.g., services of fasting, 
prayer, repentance, and commitment. 

"And Further, 

That United Methodists in the USA be urged to cooperate with other Christian 
churches, councils of churches, synagogues and civic organizations in whatever 
ways that may be deemed appropriate. 

"And Finally, 

That the Council of Bishops in consultation with the GCOM and the Commission 
on Archives and History, be directed to appoint and supervise a representative 
Committee on the Bicentennial of the Methodist Episcopal Church (1984). This 
Committee will be expected to consult and cooperate with all appropriate 
agencies in other Methodist and associated denominations in the USA and to 
submit its progress report and a preliminary proposal to the General Conference 
of 1980." 

Dr. Outler moved that the resolution be accepted by the 
General Conference. In response to an inquiry from the Chair, he 
indicated that, since it had been printed in the Daily Christian 
Advocate as required by the Rules, the resolution could either be 
acted upon at this session or referred, at the Conference's 
discretion. 

Diane Moats (Southern California- Arizona): Jesus, when He was here, gave us 
a rather astonishing and difficult task to carry out for we, as Christians and 
representatives of the church community, that whatever we did and how we 
respond and how we interact with our sisters and brothers should be as if we were 
interacting and responding to our Lord. Yet we find an amazing lack of sensitivity 
for native people in The United Methodist Church exhibited through this 
Bicentennial report. Never is it mentioned or alluded to that you are thankful for 
native people or for our land which has proven so fruitful to you. It is not stated 
that you may even celebrate Thanksgiving because native peoples had such a 
concern for all living beings that they made survival possible for Europeans in this 
country. 

Ben Franklin points out that the native form of government was something that 
the United States government should be patterned after and use this when they 
did a pattern for the United States government. You stated what your 
Bicentennial means to you in this paragraph about liberty, about commitment to 
human rights, unparalleled efforts of mingUng diverse races and cultures and 
survival of the oldest representative national government. To us Bicentennial 
celebration means celebration of massacre of our people, massive death or 
sickness with a life span now of age 45, and hunger. But more importantly, we 
can't view this report with satisfaction for human rights, because here we are, 
after one hundred and thirty two years of native work in the Oklahoma Indian 
Missionary Conference, the two Indian delegates still cannot vote in this General 
Conference. How can I go back to my people and to my native American church 
and tell them that we are to support, to affirm, and to bring out in our churches 
the Bicentennial? 

We ask when our native people have been so loyal and dedicated to The United 
Methodist Church that even where the comity agreements exist that they have 



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still retained their membership in United Methodist Church where native 
churches did not exist. They remain this loyal and yet we will go back and what 
will you respond when they ask "Why have you forsaken us?" 

Following this statement, Dr. Outler moved that the resolution 
be referred to the Legislative Committee on Independent 
Commissions. 

Thomas Roughface, Sr. (Oklahoma Indian Missionary): Mr. Chairman, this 
afternoon in a great communion service we prayed a prayer. Part of this prayer 
was that in our deliberations we shall overcome all forms of human exploitation 
which deprive persons of their selfhood and deny them their dignity as the 
children of God. It is sad that not one statement is made in this resolution 
concerning the native American. 

I could hardly celebrate, Mr. Chairman, the tragic loss of untold thousands of 
my people, the loss of our culture, our pride, and dignity as a sovereign people. 
While the Bicentennial USA celebrates its heritage I would call attention to my 
Church to a history that has never told our story. I personally choose to reject the 
resolution, if you please, and its intent. 

I say "I choose" sir, because I have no vote in this General Conference. I've 
been a Methodist all of my life, twenty- two years in its ministry. I love my church 
but I am embarrassed for my people. Thank you. 

The motion to refer was put to a vote and adopted. 

Interim Committee on Plan of Organization and Rules of 
Order (Report Resumed) 

Leonard Slutz (West Ohio) resumed presentation of the report, 
beginning with the Committee's recommended amendments to 
the Rules of Order. 

In Rule 1 (1), the Committee recommended substituting 9:00 
for 9:10; in Rule 1(2), make the same substitution, and also 
substitute the words "or committee meetings" for "with recess 
for ten minutes at 10:30." In Rule 1(3), insert the words 
"Conference business or"; and in Rule 1(4), insert the words 
"Conference business," before "or committee meetings." Add a 
new Rule 1(5) to read, "Recess may be called during any plenary 
session at a time deemed appropriate by the presiding bishop." 
(see page 176) 

In Rule 2, delete (1) and (2), which mandated daily reports by 
the Committee on Journal and Committee on Courtesies and 
Privileges to the plenary sessions of the Conference, and 
renumber remaining sections accordingly. In the new Rule 2(1), 
delete the word "other" before "standing"; amend the new Rule 
2(2) to read, "Agenda and Calendar items" (see page 176). 

In Rule 3, the last sentence, change the comma after 
"announce" to a period, and begin a new sentence with the words, 
"If he so stipulates, it shall reconvene" (see page 177). 

In Rule 5, delete the last sentence of the existing rule, and 



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substitute three new sentences as follows: "A reserve delegate 
may be seated when the substitution has been reported in writing 
to the Committee on Credentials on a form provided for this 
purpose. If the Credentials Committee finds the substitution in 
order, it shall so report in the Daily Christian Advocate as soon 
as practical. If the Committee disapproves the substitution, after 
consultation with the chairman of the delegation, it may report to 
the General Conference with its recommendation," (see page 177) 

In Rule 6, delete everything after the words "at his designated 
seat," and substitute the following: "holding up the placard 
provided for that purpose. Unless raising a point of order or 
parliamentary inquiry, the delegate shall not speak until given 
the floor. When two or more delegates rise simultaneously, the 
presiding bishop is requested to consider the various sections of 
the auditorium in rotation. The delegate recognized shall proceed 
to the nearest microphone where he shall first announce his name 
and the name of the Annual Conference which he represents; 
which, in turn, the bishop shall then announce to the Confer- 
ence." (see page 177) 

Tom Reavley (Southwest Texas) moved a substitute for the 
Committee recommendation. The substitute would allow dele- 
gates to proceed to a microphone while seeking recognition 
instead of requiring them to remain at their seats until 
recognized. He spoke in support of the substitute. Gloster 
Current (New York) opposed the substitute. Mr. Slutz made a 
final statement in behalf of the Committee's recommendation. 
The substitute was defeated. 

Mr. Slutz continued with the Committee's proposed amend- 
ments to the Rules of Order. In the last sentence of Rule 8, 
substitute "six" for "ten" and "amended" for "reduced" (see page 
178). 

The Committee proposed that Rule 13, which provides for 
voting by orders, be deleted. Mr. Slutz explained that since this 
would also require a change in the Discipline, the Committee was 
proposing that this recommendation be referred to the Legisla- 
tive Committee on Conferences. It was noted that Rule 26(2), 
which also deals with voting by orders, would also be deleted, 
and the recommendation was that it also be referred to the 
Committee on Conferences. 

The Committee recommended amending Rule 34 by adding to 
the end of it the following: "or to a Board, Council, Commission, 
or committee, either for action or for report to the next General 
Conference." (see page 184) 

Having concluded his presentation, Mr. Slutz moved adoption 
of the Plan of Organization and Rules of Order as amended by 



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this report and as this report had been amended by action of the 
Conference. Richard D. Tholin (Northern lUinois) asked a 
question regarding references to legislative committees. Mr. 
Slutz responded that such matters would have to be determined 
by the Committee on Reference. Mr. Tholin moved to suspend 
the rules in order for the Conference to adopt a motion 
determining the legislative committees to which certain matters 
before the Conference would be referred. The Chair ruled the 
motion out of order until the rules had been adopted. 

C. P. Minnick (Virginia) asked a question regarding Rule 40; 
Mr. Slutz responded. Mr. Minnick asked a question about the 
proposed deletion of Rule 13; Mr. Slutz responded. Mr. Minnick 
again asked for clarification regarding the effect of Rule 40 on 
proposed rules changes which might be considered by the next 
General Conference; Mr. Slutz responded. 

Paul E. Myers (Central Pennsylvania) moved to amend Plan of 
Organization V, the last sentence of the first paragraph, by 
substituting the word "four" for "two." Mr. Slutz opposed the 
amendment. It was defeated. 

The motion to adopt the Plan of Organization and Rules of 
Order as amended by the Committee's report and from the floor 
was put to a vote and was adopted. 

Motion to Suspend Rules 

Richard D. Tholin (Northern Illinois): I would move to suspend the rules so 
that for the 1976 session of the General Conference all legislative matters that are 
involved in the relationship between the General Council on Finance and 
Administration and the General Council on Ministries be referred to both 
Committee 7, Financial Administration, and Committee 8, Council on Ministries. 
If there is a second I would hke to speak very briefly to it. 

The Chair put the motion to suspend the rules to a vote, and it 
did not receive the required two-thirds majority. 

Announcements 

Jameson Jones (Rocky Mountain), chairman of the Committee 
on Presiding Officers, announced the presiding officers for 
Wednesday's sessions. Bishop Ward expressed appreciation to 
Leonard Slutz and his committee for their work. J. B. Holt 
(Secretary) made announcements. 

Bishop Ward announced that the Council of Bishops had 
excused Bishop James Armstrong from attendance because of 
the critical illness of his mother. He expressed appreciation to 
Bishop Roy Short for assisting him in the task of presiding. 

Adjournment 

Bishop Emilio de Carvalho (Angola) pronounced the benedic- 
tion, and the evening session was adjourned. 



SECOND DAY, WEDNESDAY, APRIL 28, 1976 
MORNING SESSION 

Opening — Bishop W. McFerrin Stowe 

Pursuant to adjournment, the General Conference of The 
United Methodist Church convened in the morning session of the 
second day, Wednesday, April 28, 1976, at 8:30 a.m. in the 
Memorial Coliseum, Portland, Oregon, with Bishop W. McFerrin 
Stowe, Dallas-Ft. Worth Area, presiding. 

Memorial Service 

Following the Organ Prelude, anthems were presented by the 
Guitar Choir of Mill Valley United Methodist Church, Mill 
Valley, California, under the direction of Shirley Jautz. There 
was a reading from the Psalter, Psalm 27, followed by the singing 
of the hymn, "Holy God, We Praise Thy Name." There was a 
period of prayer in remembrance of bishops (see page 213), 
bishops' wives and widows, delegates (see page 213), and retired 
Judicial Council members who had been reported as having died 
since the 1972 General Conference: 

Bishops' widows and wives: 
Anna M. Dennis, April 23, 1972 
Edna Caye Archer, June 30, 1972 
Ruth Herrick, October 7, 1973 
Elizabeth Brown Jones, November 18, 1973 
Helen H. Cannon, April 21, 1974 
Edna D. Lee, October 15, 1974 
Susie Brashares, October 15, 1974 
Virginia Love, December 10, 1974 
Mrs. Alexander Preston Shaw, January 1, 1975 
Eva Clair, February 21, 1975 
Ruth Fisher Oxnam, April 23, 1975 
Magdalene Mueller, July 24, 1975 
Doris K. Grant, December 5, 1975 
Frances Kelly, January 6, 1976 
Mary Jane Blake, April 17, 1976 

Judicial Council (retired): 

Lester A. Welliver, November 13, 1973 

Following additional selections by the Guitar Choir, Bishop 
Eugene M. Frank (Arkansas Area) delivered the meditation (see 
page 764). 

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Committee on Agenda 

Douglas F. Verdin (New York), chairman of the Committee, 
presented the report. He moved to suspend the rules and 
explained that the Committee had allotted more time than the 
newly adopted rules allow for the hearing of two of the reports on 
the morning agenda; therefore, in order for the agenda as 
recommended to be adopted, the rules would have to be 
suspended. By action of the Conference, the rules were 
suspended, and the agenda was adopted. 

Report on Quadrennial Theme 

The Chair recognized John T. King (Southwest Texas), 
president of the General Council on Ministries, for the presenta- 
tion of the report. 

Dr. King: Last night we heard Bishop James S. Thomas remind United 
Methodists that the centrality of Christ is the unspoken theme of all Christians. 
The General Council on Ministries, with the strong and enthusiastic support and 
encouragement of the Council of Bishops, is recommending a theme for the 
1977-1980 Quadrennium— "Committed to Christ— Called to Change." Dr. Paul A. 
Duffey, chairperson of the General Council on Ministries section on planning and 
research and a pastor from Montgomery, Alabama, will give a background 
statement. Theme implementation possibilities will be suggested by my 
coUeagues as follows: The General Church, Bishop W. Kenneth Goodson, 
President-elect of the Council of Bishops, and President of the General Board of 
Discipleship; The General Agency level, Mrs. Barbara A. Thompson, President of 
the General Commission on the Status and Role of Women and a member of the 
General Council on Ministries. The Annual Conference level. Dr. R. Jervis 
Cooke, Director, Conference Council on Ministries, Peninsula Conference, and 
Vice-President of the General Council on Ministries; The District level. Dr. 
George Y. Nishikawa, District Superintendent, The Los Angeles District, 
Southern California- Arizona Conference, and a member of the General Council on 
Ministries; The Local Church level, two persons: Dr. Hermann Sticher, Pastor, 
Ludwigsburg, West Germany, and a member of the General Council on 
Ministries, and Dr. Paul A. Duffey. 

Paul A. Duffey (Alabama-West Florida): The United Methodist Church is 
impressive as to its size, wealth, geographical distribution, and diversity of 
membership. Because of these very things, it is also characterized by complexity 
of sociological and theological views. She often needs a central call to action in her 
powerful ministry. 

To mobilize such a significant body of Christians we must first motivate her 
people. One of the functions of the council this quadrennium has been to ascertain 
the need for such a central theme and to call in terms of any proposed special 
quadrennial program. During the current quadrennium the General Council on 
Ministries — through the Section on Planning and Research, the interagency task 
force on planning, the Advisory Committee on Research, and the staff and others 
to whom we are indebted — gathered data from The United Methodist Church 
constituency by means of surveys, pubHc hearings, discussions concerning the 
needs of the individuals in the church, the needs of the church, and the needs of 
the world. 

In addition other agencies in our denomination were developing proposals for 
ministry in response to determined needs. The Council of Bishops and the Board 



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of Discipleship pled for an emphasis upon evangelism. The Board of Global 
Ministries and many others in our church have championed the cause of world 
hunger. The Commission on Religion and Race and the ethnic and racial minority 
caucus groups helped develop a response to the urgent need for the racial and 
ethnic minority local church enablement, and Higher Education and Ministry has 
urged inclusion of knowledge and training. 

While The United Methodist people have expressed opposition to quadrennial 
emphases with a packaged program approach, we have determined a strong 
support for a plan to challenge our people to purposeful involvement in sharing 
the meaning, message and benefits of the gospel. Thus, the General Council on 
Ministries has refined the theme which we commend to the General Conference 
for its approval. The proposed theme is "Committed to Christ — Called to 
Change." 

You have read it in the advance edition of the Daily Christian Advocate, 
Section D, pages 50-53. The theme has an accompanying logo, a sunburst with 
rays suggesting hungers for the needs of all humankind, and a scripture text from 
Romans 12:2. As a denomination we have often used a theme or slogan approach 
to call our people to coordinated planning and action. The fact that the General 
Conference meets quadrennially forces us to study our church and our world, and 
to project our program for the ensuing years. 

Such a theme should be current, prophetic and flexible. A denomination such as 
ours has certain risks in her life: apathy from little concern or an overload of 
programs; apprehension about too much centralization of programming and 
power; and antipathy bom of frustration or resentment. What we propose is an 
effort to call our people from each of these to anticipation, through careful 
planning and meaningful participation in changes in keeping with the coming of 
the Kingdom of God. Therefore, we must sharpen our definitions of human needs 
and call for personal and group commitment to the performance of Christian 
ministry. 

This theme is flexible and open. It appeals to the diversity of our membership 
and of our opportunities. We challenge every individual and all our congregations 
to plan on a firm ecclesiological, biblical and theological base. The theme does not 
stand alone, it will have other parts upon which you might express your opinion 
later as the conference develops. 

The entire idea is to issue a call to each local church and to our denomination at 
every level to seek to break out of old patterns into new ways and dimensions of 
ministry — in evangelism, missions, social concerns and education. The ideas are 
available to any individual, clergy or laity, and to any local congregation. We do 
not seek uniformity of response, but inclusiveness of response. We trust that each 
local church will do some careful planning and develop its own specific action 
programs. We have been excited about the tentative testing and response which 
you have given across the church. The material offers an opportunity for 
coordination. It is neither orchestrated nor controlled. It offers a possibility for a 
unifying, healing idea for our connectionalism. 

We desire to rally United Methodists to the celebration of common purpose, 
offer resources for service programs, relate every part of our denomination to 
other parts in cooperative endeavors, and to call all of us to rely more surely on 
God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Calling for voluntary participation, it 
nonetheless puts the resource and structure of our entire denomination at the 
disposal of each local congregation. 

As to the cost of it we have included a resolution authorizing the possible 
negotiation for expense in the beginning of such a program. It is specified that 
$25,000 per year might be asked, but this is to be negotiated according to need 
from the General Council on F"'inance and Administration in cooperation with the 
General Council on Ministries. The cost is expected to be very minimal, but we 



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have learned out of experience if we do not make some resolution of financial 
enablement we get difficulty down the line. This, therefore, is before you, and we 
commend it for your attention. Thank you. 

Bishop W. Kenneth Goodson addressed the Conference, 
placing the proposed new theme in the context of other themes 
used by the church in the past: the Crusade for Christ, the 
Advance for Christ and His Church, One Witness in One World, 
Jesus Christ Is Lord, A New Church for a New World. He 
stressed that the church's use of themes was "not as gimmicks 
with neither integrity nor depth, but ... as rallying cries to our 
troops to marshall strength and to move on." He called on the 
church to respond with enthusiasm and integrity to this new 
theme, especially in the area of evangelism, as representing the 
very heart of the gospel. 

Barbara R. Thompson (Baltimore): As extensions of the local church, the 
general boards and agencies are at work to bring about Christian change at home 
and overseas. As you well know, the policy-making members of the various 
boards and agencies are persons from local churches, persons who have been 
identified as being able to be sensitive to the needs and concerns of the local 
church as the general boards and agencies deUberate. 

The various hungers of mankind have not suddenly emerged in the world or in 
our consciousness. Rather, the theme, "Committed to Christ — Called to Change," 
helps to focus the way in which resources are channelled to bring about the 
kingdom. Hearing again that the church calls for meeting the needs of 
himiankind, the process of striving for justice is strengthened. Of necessity, 
board members are continually challenged to be a part of the examination of how 
commitment to Christ manifests itself in the call to change. Commitment to 
Christ and call to change never takes place in a vacuum or in general, but it must 
be specific; and in its specificity it sometimes may be painful. Concern for world 
peace; respect and love for children of God, all children of God, regardless of their 
lifestyle; justice for the oppressed — these are all needs of humankind. These are 
all needs that the theme will focus the resources of the general boards and 
agencies upon. Knowledge of being responsible Christians in a world of finite 
resources; the responsibility for providing education for those who are growing to 
be the stewards and to be the responsible persons of our world — these then are 
the points at which the theme will make it possible for the various general boards 
and agencies to focus. 

The general Church continues to move forward in pursuing the rights of those 
who are underfed to be fed, the efforts to assure that the minority concern is 
inclusive in the life of our Church, to ascertain that women are continuing to be a 
part of the participation of the life of The United Methodist Church. These 
responsibiUties, then, as the various general boards and agencies begin to take 
hold of the theme and begin to utilize the theme during the coming quadrennium; 
it does not call for additional expenditures of resources, but rather what it says is 
to look at what we have on hand, to prioritize and to be certain that every 
expenditure, every resource is channeled to bring about on the part of United 
Methodists a greater Commitment to Christ and a Call to Change. 

These resources, the resources of humans and the resources of finances, 
properly utilized, can in fact change the world, and the general church as an 
extension of the local church can make that possible. 



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R. Jervis Cooke (Peninsula): Let us look for a moment now at the possibilities 
for implementing this theme in the Annual Conference. Recent General 
Conferences have reorganized the local church and restructured the general 
agencies. In the process the Annual Conferences have exercised certain latitudes 
in restructure themselves. 

A study of the 73 conferences reveals a wide variety of structures, some very 
simple, others exceedingly complex. We can assume that within constitutional 
limits and given regional differences and differing concepts of programming, you 
have organized your conference to best achieve your goals and your objectives. 
The theme before us lends itself well to this variety. It does not require that we 
all be alike or that we all do the same things, or that we synchronize our responses 
with any master schedule. It does suggest that we all in every possible way 
emphasize commitment to our Lord Jesus Christ. It further suggests that a 
deepening of commitment will require and produce change — change in ourselves, 
change in our life-styles, change in our systems, and change in the church. It says 
clearly that Christians should be agents of change. Each Annual Conference will 
want to study this theme to discover how it relates to its own needs. Some will 
wish to add to the seven suggested points of the theme. Others may feel that for 
them it wiU be enough to emphasize less than the seven points. One conference 
may choose to deal simultaneously with all the points for the entire quadrennium; 
another may select a different point for emphasis in each year of the 
quadrennium, giving one a high priority in financial and program resourcing for 
one year and shifting to another for the next. As a council director, I expect to 
recommend a combination of the above to our annual conference. I believe, as 
Bishop Thomas said in the Episcopal Address, that evangelism is a continuous 
expression of the growing life of a Church. Without question our Annual 
Conference will want to emphasize evangelism, world hunger, and the needs of 
the ethnic and minority churches for the whole quadrennium and beyond. We 
have specific program proposals to proceed with these emphases under the 
umbrella of this theme. 

Beyond these three major thrusts I expect that we will give special attention in 
each of the four years to some of the other identified hungers of humankind. This 
theme gives us a rallying cry, a challenge to join the rest of The United Methodist 
Church in being and in doing. The General Conference, in adopting this theme, 
will allow us the freedom to choose our own way. It will permit us to adapt the 
ideas and resources related to this theme to our particular needs. "Committed to 
Christ — Called to Change." 

George Y. Nishikawa (Southern California-Arizona): Mr. Chairperson and 
friends, the genius and strength of our United Methodist Church are found in the 
interrelatedness of our connectional structure. I speak briefly of the districts to 
which, with which and from which we move. As we look at a district it represents 
the combined possibilities of all of its churches, composed of persons possessing a 
wide variety of resources, backgrounds, experiences and commitments. The 
plurality of cultures and people can be translated into a rainbow of expressions. 

It is to this creativity and possibility within each and every district within The 
United Methodist Church that I call your specific attention to the theme 
"Committed to Christ — Called to Change." 

The implementation of theme with countless provocative ways to express the 
theme can give a district evidences of its particular commitment. All districts 
have resources to utilize in deciding upon ways to express and to use this theme. 
We have the channel and vehicle of the District Council on Ministries. We have 
the task group method; the clustering of churches geographically oriented; 
generational clustering might be a possibility. Ethnic and national groups may 
want to cluster as they try to think on and express that theme "Committed to 
Christ — Called to Change"; clusters further by assignments to uphold and 



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program cooperatively in concert. Whatever decision is reached by a district to 
give recognition to the theme, it is anticipated that full expression shall come. 
May the expressions count and equal the potential that is in all of us. May the 
richness of those expressions deepen the faith of our corporate and individual 
lives. May The United Methodist Church be enriched because this theme 
"Committed to Christ — Called to Change" has reached out to enrich the lives of 
others. Thank you. 

Hermann Sticker (South Germany): I serve a local church at Ludwigsburg in 
the South Germany Conference. I reflected upon what the theme "Committed to 
Christ — Called to Change" might mean to my congregation in our situation and in 
our environment. I am grateful that the theme does not impose new 
structures, but intends to help using existing structures for God's purposes. The 
theme "Committed to Christ — Called to Change" makes spiritual renewal the top 
priority. 

We in Ludvdgsburg need such renewal and shall seek it in new earnestness of 
prayer. Spiritual renewal in the Church comes about by one or two or three 
persons taking Jesus Christ seriously in fully committing their lives to Him. 
Renewal is not a matter of quantity but of quality. We in Ludwigsburg need and 
shall endeavor to find new and better ways of Christian nurture and spiritual 
growth, including improved training programs. 

The fact that four persons volunteered in the past six months to become lay 
preachers is additional challenge. I expect all this to bring about changes urgently 
needed. One, a new sense of direction. A recent editorial in our Ludwigsburg 
newspaper said this spiritual crisis of Western society is in the last analysis due to 
problems of faith, and faith has widely been lost. Many people no longer know 
where they are going, let alone where they ought to go. Two, a new 
Christ-centered and Christ-based sense of mission, undergirded by the reahzation 
that the issue is not whether people want Christ but that they need Christ. Third, 
new concern for people in need, relating to specific forms of needs both of 
individual persons and of societal structures at home and abroad. 

I expect and pray that it happens again and again, what occurred prior to my 
time in a small Black Forest town I once served. For years, on the first Tuesday 
of the month considerable numbers of townspeople had to appear before a court 
for a wide range of offenses. Last but not least for assault and battery. All of a 
sudden the number melted down to a mere trickle. When the court people made 
inquiries into the reasons for this changing situation they received, what I think is 
a classical answer: there is a man who converts them all. Persons were changed 
by the power of the Holy Spirit, and this worked for visible and tangible change in 
a society. 

I expect and pray that the theme "Committed to Christ — Called to Change" 
vrill help that this church under God shall have a rebirth of Christ-inspired 
vitality, so that dedicated service of United Methodist people, by United 
Methodist people, for all people shall not perish from the earth in Ludwigsburg, 
where I serve, and wherever United Methodists are faithfully building the 
kingdom in our midst. I am certain that the theme "Committed to Christ — Called 
to Change" can be of help in my congregation and with proper adjustments to 
local churches all over the world. 

Paul A. Duffey: And that kind of vision can indeed be applied to every local 
church in our denomination and connection. We believe that this possibihty is an 
offering of excitement and incitement to all of our people and we commend it to 
every local church. If commitment to Christ be central, change will be certain. If 
the local church will be involved anywhere in giving direction to that change, it 
can be creative and helpful. 

An optimist has been defined as one who beUeves that the future is 
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to serve God and serve His people. Efficiency has been defined as the effective 
use of fire. We believe that God is ready to pour out His Holy Blessings upon our 
denomination if in fact we will respond. And if religion is to be more than selfish 
ecstasy it needs to be challenged in definite directions of service, taking care of 
the hungers of humankind. 

John T. King (Southwest Texas) moved that Resolution H in 
the report of the General Council on Ministries, the resolution 
dealing with the theme "Committed to Christ — Called to 
Change," be referred to the appropriate legislative committees. 
The motion was adopted (see pages 390-391, 2086-2087). 

Report of the Bishop and District Superintendent Study 
Commission (see page 1909) 

The Chair recognized Merlyn W. Northfelt (Northern Illinois), 
chairman of the study commission, for the presentation of the 
report. Dr. Northfelt noted corrections which needed to be made 
in the printed report of the Commission and called attention to 
the "Plan of Implementation," which was printed separately from 
the rest of the report. 

Dr. Northfelt outlined the process by which the Commission 
had been created and by which its membership and consultants 
had been chosen. He noted that the membership was predomi- 
nantly lay and included eight ethnic minority persons and ten 
women. 

Dr. Northfelt: The commission dedicated itself to the serious study of the 
issues before any final decisions were to be made. We steadfastly resisted in the 
early years of the study any premature conclusions, until, if possible, we could 
achieve consensus on all of the major issues. I wish now to pay tribute to a highly 
qualified and dedicated group of people who constantly tried to put the best 
interests of a church in mission to the world above all other considerations. It is 
our belief that we have done our work well, and that the report now must stand on 
its own. 

Please examine our report in its entirety. A too-casual reading might lead one 
to believe that the report calls for the status quo. There are many new proposals 
within it, which, if allowed to become operative, may lead us into new faithfulness 
and obedience to the Lord of the Church. This is not an attempt to trim the power 
of bishops and D.S.'s. It is an attempt to provide for a creative, courageous, 
continuing, collegial leadership for the church, and to provide means also for 
mutual accountability between the bishops and the district superintendents on 
the one hand and pastors and local churches on the other hand. Now, we wish for 
you to hear all too briefly from four members of the Commission: Dr. Ridgway F. 
Shinn from the Southern New England Conference; Dr. William James from the 
New York Conference; Mrs. Aloha Wyckoff from the Pacific Northwest 
Conference; and Dr. Harold Fink from the Virginia Conference. 

Ridgway F. Shinn, Jr. (Commission member): Members of the Commission 
were directly involved in the study process, the definition, the design, the 
development of instruments, writing papers, participating in the interviews and 
reading. I believe the fact that right from the outset members invested their time 
and energies so directly provides one of the distinctive characteristics of the work 



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of this Commission. At the initial organizational meeting members looked at the 
mandate and task and as the minutes state "unanimously agreed that the scope 
and purpose should not be limited to the functional and mechanical aspects of the 
office of episcopacy and district superintendency, but to include broad and 
fundamental issues of episcopacy and district superintendency, historically, 
theologically, bibhcally, philosophically and ideally." That was clearly a large 
order, but members of the commission were serious to see that a study of that 
scope be undertaken. 

Now let me summarize the stages, and there are four of them, in the study 
process. The first stage was data-gathering, which involves three kinds of data: 
survey data from across the whole United Methodist Church; interview data 
derived from indepth interviews with bishops, with some district superintendents 
and with some cabinets; consultation data, gathered from a joint session of the 
Commission and the Council of Bishops, as well as from a session of some 
members of the commission and the general secretaries of the general boards and 
agencies. 

The second stage was evaluation and testing. Here members of the commission 
undertook an extensive study of episocpacy and superintendency in our own and 
other branches of Methodism, in scripture and its interpretation, in regional and 
ecumenical conversations of the World Council of Churches, in historic 
Anglicanism and Roman Catholicism, in the Eastern churches, and in the early 
church. The third stage was issue clarification. All members of the commission 
participated in identifying the issues, worked at clarifying the issues, and 
developed alternative ways of dealing with them. 

The final stage involved decision making. After reflecting on the research data, 
the studies, the theological understanding and issues, members of the 
Commission then made the decisions that are reflected in the report and 
recommendation. Now, throughout this study process ran two fundamental 
perspectives. The first is that the Commission looked continually at the totality of 
superintendency, that is at the total picture of leadership as it exists and as it 
might exist. It is clear that one of the vital issues of our times is the need for 
models of effective leadership in complex organizations. It is far easier to design a 
system which constrains leaders rather than a system which frees and empowers 
leaders and yet holds them accountable. Commission recommendations do not 
arise from any one element of data; rather they arise from a composite view 
drawn from all data and all studies in relationship to all issues of superintending in 
The United Methodist Church. 

For the second perspective the commission understood its tasks to be rooted in 
the central question of our time. In the latter part of the 20th century what is it 
that Gk)d is calling the faithful, especially United Methodists, to be, to do and to 
become? And what are the requirements for leadership in relation to that call? If 
we are to be a church inclusive in more than a symbolic sense, some process must 
exist, so that Bishops with particular insights, for instance, into racial and ethnic 
pluralism can be shared across the whole church, not just within a particular 
jurisdiction. 

If we are to be a church confi-onting the world some process must exist to 
support, to sustain and to empower leaders so that they along with others will 
undertake the heavy personal risks involved in such leadership. If we are to be a 
church that learns how to translate such issues as race, poverty, hunger, violence, 
maldistribution of wealth into effective radical response, some process must exist 
to develop leaders who will define and articulate those issues and who in God's 
name will lead us. The study process has resulted in a report that I believe has 
been faithful to the mandate given to the commission and that has as well, when 
you look at the totality of the report, the potential of energizing such leadership. 
For the question is never whether or not we will have leaders but rather whether 



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or not with all our human fallibility we can design structures and strategies to 
bring the best possible persons, men and women, into positions of leadership. 

William M. James (New York): The leadership and servanthood — our selection 
of the quotation of Jesus recorded in the Gospel of Mark was not accidental nor 
incidental. The quotation "among you whoever wants to be great must be your 
servant and whoever wants to be first must be your slave." This means that the 
commission thought that our ideas of leadership should spring from the basic 
ideas of leadership as taught and exemplified by our Lord. We sought to move 
from the cliche-ish use of these words that they may come aUve through the 
Church. 

Christ is the chief model of leadership in this report. Christ not only talked 
about servanthood but became a servant. He did this by taking upon Himself the 
burdens and the problems of others. His servanthood was demonstrated by His 
service to humankind as He sought to meet the needs of people. This was rarely 
demonstrated in the four walls of temple or synagogue but out there where the 
people were. Therefore, the commission in its search for leadership models did 
not turn to the secular image but saw its model in the person of Jesus. 

There is a great crisis of leadership among us. We see it in our government. We 
see it in our churches and in every walk of life. In the research of the commission, 
it was found that there was a lack of confidence in our leaders, on one hand, and 
the cry for more effective and more creative leadership on the other. The message 
is loud and clear to the church as to what our urgent needs are. 

The commission is saying we need strong, dynamic leadership but we do not 
need dictatorial leadership. Strong leadership is not the bishops and the district 
superintendents lording over ministers and churches but leading ministers and 
churches to be involved in the spirit of Jesus Christ. We do not mean setting the 
bishops and superintendents on a pedestal in order to venerate them but putting 
them in leadership positions that they may be a catalyst to prepare us to serve 
this present age. The weakness of the eight-year term episcopacy is found in the 
tendency to weaken corporate leadership. In our Methodist structure we have 
Conference Cabinets and Bishops' Councils in the church at large. These bodies 
should be giving dynamic leadership in our times when our cities are falling apart, 
mission of the church is being distorted, the effectiveness of leadership is being 
questioned and many are abandoning the organized church to seek spiritual 
fulfillment elsewhere. 

This is a time in which the church must not undercut its corporate leadership 
but to seek to undergird and to compel it to move forward and accept the 
challenge of our time. Therefore, we need the kind of continuing overlapping 
leadership. The church is still a fi'agmented body. There are rents in the body of 
Christ, so therefore, we need the kind of leadership that can give the ecumenical 
movement a thrust. As we go into the 21st Century we must start thinking about 
the oneness of the Church and what we can do about it. And we cannot do it by 
having a kind of revolving door leadership. We must have leadership in parity 
with other groups that we are cooperating with in the ecumenical movement. In 
the elective and selective process we must seek persons who possess leadership 
and servanthood quality and that are well grounded in the Christian faith. 

Politics must not be substituted for prayerful dehberation. Open campaigning 
in the church by office seekers can never be as effective as earnest prayerful 
guidance by the spirit of God through Jesus Christ as our Lord. We must not 
abandon the idea that in the Church the leadership is poor. We have people called, 
persons called, to the ministry. We have people called to the ordained ministry. 
We have persons called to the local churches, and I submit to you that we have 
persons called to the wider leadership of the Church and this should be a calling 
and we cannot block it or turn it on and turn it off as we can by vote, but we must 
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The commission has kept in mind the fact that all conditions and all situations 
are not the same. Therefore, the commission tried to avoid setting rules and 
regulations in concrete, but we have left a flexible way to deal with our leadership 
problems. In order to get the best results in different settings, the leader and 
people must have some leeway. This is true whether it is concerning interests and 
procedures or time in an area, or tenure. We believe that what we are doing here 
is to give our leadership power to lead to the world, while building a system of 
accountability so that leadership can be judged by its achievement through the 
mandate of Jesus Christ. 

The Commission has kept in mind that the idea of Prophet, Priest, and King in 
Jesus has always been different from the kings of the world. Our Lord was the 
first to challenge the rehgious leaders, the business interests of his day, without 
fear of consequence. He was the first to wear the crown of thorns and to go out on 
that familiar limb that was cut off by giving His life for the things in which He 
believed, and in so doing becoming servant of all. The church in this day can 
expect no less of its leaders. 

Aloha M. Wyckoff (Pacific Northwest): It is the desire of the study commission 
to help bring about a positive understanding of leadership within The United 
Methodist Church. It is my desire, if only briefly, to help you understand that the 
commission proposes to do this through the accountability and support of these 
leaders. The commission recognized that that crisis of leadership, which exists 
within society, extends into the life of the church also. Two specific effects result. 
One is that people wish to participate in decision making, with the right to opt out 
when they please; and second is a yearning for someone in whom to put trust, and 
in whom to believe. 

Struggling with the understanding of the term "leadership," commission 
members realized that it needed to be of more content than used in secular 
society. Within the Church, we use the term as it relates to the leadership of 
Christ, the Lord of the Church, who is, indeed, a King, but a King with a crown of 
thorns, a King who is a Servant Ruler. The report purposely ties the term 
leadership to the term servanthood. To understand how we built our model of 
accountability and support, it is important to understand that those chosen to lead 
the faithful into the world in order to transform it must be effectively equipped 
and free to reflect the servanthood of Jesus, the Christ. 

Not only did we study how we might help our leaders be structurally and 
creedally accountable, but how we might strengthen their moral accountability. A 
good church leader is one who is faithful both to church structures and the 
Christian tradition, but who also consults with others to take their views into 
account in decision making. It is important to understand that the church is a 
training ground in which persons are equipped to deal v^ith structures of the 
world on behalf of God and His purposes. Leadership, then, arises out of that 
community and not from above it. 

The office of superintendency arises from the company of the faithful as one 
way in which that company may be equipped for service to the world, and may be 
led into the world. Since those who participate in the ministry of Christ, whether 
as a lay person or an ordained person, are committed to God's future, they must 
be prepared to let God break in on the present, making all things new. Therefore, 
those who are elected or selected for the task of superintending are not merely 
persons who keep records, who run meetings, who spin wheels, essential yes, but 
not ends in themselves. They are simply vehicles to help leaders lead the whole 
community into the world. 

A good Christian leader will not continually have feelers out to test the wind, 
while at the other extreme making autocratic decisions. All superintending, in 
order to be authentically related to Christ, must arise out of mutuality, 
interdependence, and a sense of servanthood. In order to enable the bishops and 



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district superintendents to lead in the common ministry, they must work 
mutually with other persons in the church to seek goals for their part of the work. 
Important tools in this process being planning, assessment— which includes 
self-appraisal and mutual evaluation and support. 

It is not only to support and enable these leaders in the temporal and spiritual 
matters of the church, but the purpose is also one of advocacy. By setting in order 
networks of accountability, with whom the leaders and those being led can 
identify, there can be advocacy. These networks or structures of accountability 
are quite simply a systematic elaboration of the pastor-parish relations committee 
model, particularly in districts for superintendents and in conferences for bishops. 
Jurisdictional committees and the General Committee on Episcopacy can look at 
leadership needs and resources in the regions and the total Church. 

Realizing that it is impossible to prescribe or to legislate completely the manner 
in which persons vdll function in particular roles, legislation was designed to 
enable a desired course of performance to occur. It is well known that members of 
the Church have designed a set of expectations for leaders that go beyond the 
ability of human beings to fulfill. The plan of accountability proposed by the 
commission will assist leaders and others in the community of the leaders to know 
what leaders ought to do at particular times and in particular seasons. It is hoped 
that holding superintendents accountable this way will help in the interpretation 
of leadership throughout the community of the faithful. 

Harold H. Fink (Virginia): Historically, in both the Methodist and the 
Evangelical United Brethren tradition, the purpose of the stationing of ministers 
has been a strategic method of helping churches to fulfill their mission to their 
own constituency, to their own communities and to the world. This same strategy 
has been used in the appointment of district superintendents and bishops. The 
appointment process has changed very little over the years, except that there is 
more openness on the part of cabinets today, and bishops and district 
superintendents, with some exceptions, are generally more responsive to the felt 
and expressed needs of both ministers and churches. One step in the appointive 
process which is designed to produce more openness is consultation. Consultation 
is now called for in The Book of Discipline. 

It is the feeling of the commission that consultation throughout our entire 
appointive system, including bishops, district superintendents, pastors and 
special appointees, is so vital to the carrying out of the mission of the Church at all 
levels that we have defined it in this language and are recommending its insertion 
into the new Discipline. "Consultation means conferring with the parties affected 
by the process of appointment making. Consultation is not unilateral decision 
making or notification. Consultation is both a continuing process and a more 
intensive involvement during the period of change in appointment." 

Generally speaking, there is nothing which a bishop does that affects the lives 
of more people and does more to shape the course of a conference than the 
appointment of the ministers to the charges. This contention is supported by the 
response to the survey instrument which the commission sent to several thousand 
ministers and lay persons. It asks for the ranking of sixteen responsibilities of the 
bishop. The setting of appointments ranked first and second by all respondents. 
Now, while we acknowledge the importance of this function, we believe that the 
responsibility for appointments should be born mutually but not equally by the 
bishop, the district superintendent, the pastor and the pastor-parish relations 
committee. In this manner, all involved parties must exercise their servant roles 
under the Lordship of Christ by listening to one another, by listening to the 
world, and by prayerfully and conscientiously seeking out God's will for every 
given situation. 

Ideally, we have given weight through the appointive process to matching 
ministers with missional needs of congregations. In practice, however, we have 



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often fallen short of our high ideals. We feel that one responsibility of the 
commission is once again to remind the Church to make mission the prime 
criterion in the making of the appointments. In addition, we commend the servant 
role as the operational style of the appointive process. In the hope, therefore, that 
through the process of consultation and negotiation, more effective and strategic 
appointments will be made, we commend this section of our report and indeed the 
report in its entirety to you for your prayerful consideration. Thank you. 

Dr. Northfelt made a summary statement, following which he 
moved referral of Part C of the report, entitled "Leadership and 
the Discipline of the Church," to be considered as a substitute for 
Pars. 382-397 and 399 of the Discipline, and also referral of Part 
B of the report, entitled "Leadership, the Welfare of the Church, 
Recommendations for the Future." 

Minority Report (see pages 1933-1935) 

The Chair recognized Louise Branscomb (North Alabama) for 
presentation of a minority report to the report of the Commis- 
sion. 

Dr. Branscomb: With such a thorough report, such a thorough study, why 
should there be a minority opinion? Let me try to tell you. 

In 1972 the General Conference received a number of petitions asking for term 
episcopacy. A commission was set up to study the episcopacy and district 
superintendency. The commission was told to give special consideration to the 
areas of selection, tenure, function, and assignment. 

This commission was a hardworking group. Early in the study we sent out a 
questionnaire and received answers from some 4,000 church leaders. To the 
question, "Should bishops continue to be elected for life?" 57 percent of the laity 
and 53 percent of the clergy — this did not include bishops and district 
superintendents — said no. Interestingly enough, throughout the questionnaire, 
the answers of bishops and district superintendents were similar, with a Uke 
similarity between the votes of ministers and lay persons. When the words, "in 
the future," were added to the question of tenure, the laity vote rose favoring 
term episcopacy to 70 percent, and the clergy to 65 percent. 

Later in the study a task force made up of members from each jurisdiction was 
set up to give special consideration to the matter of tenure and to bring to the 
commission, the full commission, a recommendation concerning this. This task 
force, after a two-day meeting, brought in a unanimous opinion favoring term 
episcopacy. 

An important factor in arriving at this decision was a feeling of task force 
members that the matter of tenure was too important to be dealt with in any 
conclusive way by a commission of 31 persons, no matter how committed and 
conscientious its members. This conviction was expressed by task force members 
themselves saying, "The General Conference should have the right to vote this 
issue up or down." 

And, so, because of the interest of the 1972 Conference, because the majority of 
pastors and lay persons voted for term episcopacy in our questionnaire, and 
because the special task force unanimously recommended term episcopacy, we 
seven signers of the minority opinion continued to believe that this was an option 
which should be placed before this Conference. 

The provision itself is simple and is the same as that brought in by the task 
force to the commission. A bishop would serve one term, eight-year term, with no 



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possibility of re-election. On completing the term he or she would return to the 
former conference for further assignment or appointment. 

The provision would not apply to bishops already elected and would not go into 
effect until 1980. 

Dr. Branscomb proceeded to outline why the signers of the 
minority report believed term episcopacy would be good for the 
church, as outlined in their printed report. Following her 
presentation, Dr. Branscomb moved the referral of the minority 
report. 

The Chair put both the motion to refer the Commission report 
and the motion to refer the minority report to a vote, and by 
separate votes of the Conference both reports were referred. 

Commission to Study the Ministry (see pages 2145-2167) 

Following a recess, the Chair recognized Bishop WilUam R. 
Cannon, chairman of the Commission to Study the Ministry, for 
presentation of the report. Bishop Cannon reviewed the 
historical stance of The United Methodist Church and its 
antecedents toward formal education for clergy and noted that, 
since the establishment of the Ministerial Education Fund, 
United Methodist "seminaries are better supported by far than 
are those of any other church . . . and . . . are able to manage 
better financially than the well-known interdenominational 
schools within this country." He hsted five specific mandates 
given the Commission by the 1972 General Conference: 

Bishop Cannon: First, to supervise and evaluate progress of the seminaries in 
their review through regional task forces of their life and work in the Ught of 
certain principles for the future of theological education and to ask the seminaries 
to address themselves to basic questions about the nature of theological education 
and especially the number and location of the schools. Two, to deUneate the 
meaning of ordination and the covenant relation. Three, to consider the 
enhstment, education and ordination of women. Four, to deal with special 
appointments including professional chaplains. And five, continuing education, its 
growth and development. This mandate the Commission has tried faithfully to 
carry out. 

Bishop Cannon recognized several persons who had served in 
leadership roles in the Commission: Paul Duffey, chairman of the 
committee dealing with the seminaries; Richard Harrington, 
chairman of the committee dealing with ordination and the 
covenant relation and vice-chairman of the Commission; Mrs. 
Olin Troy, chairwoman of the committee dealing with the 
recruitment, education, and ordination of women and secretary 
of the Commission; Bishop D wight E. Loder, chairman of the 
committee dealing with special appointments; Wayne Cuff, 
chairman of the committee dealing with continuing education; 
Bishops Don Holter, Jack Tuell, and Roy Short; and staff 



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consultants Gerald McCulloh and Robert Thomburg of the Board 
of Higher Education and Ministry. As an especially noteworthy 
achievement of the Commission Bishop Cannon mentioned the 
statement which attempted "a theological definition both of the 
general ministry and of the ordained ministry, showing thereby 
their inherent relationship and interdependence, yet at the same 
time delineating their distinctiveness." Following his statement 
he introduced Paul Duffey and Richard Harrington for presen- 
tations of portions of the report. 

Paul A. Duffey (Alabama- West Florida): Mr. Chairman and members of the 
conference, following the action of the 1972 General Conference, the Commission 
to Study the Ministry established a Subcommittee on Seminaries. Its 
responsibility was to evaluate the extent and quaUty of the work of the existing 
fourteen seminaries of the denomination and to make recommendations 
concerning any possible mergers to be effected. The factors which entered the 
decision made by the committee related to geographical location, density of 
population in general, density of United Methodist population, the financial 
resources of the institutions involved, the number and classifications of persons 
enrolled in the institutions, the number and denominational affiliation of faculty 
and administrative personnel. 

Other factors emerged as we developed the discussion: the responsibility of the 
church for ethnic and racial minorities involved in training for ministry; financial 
factors relating to costs of merger and supposed long range economies to be 
achieved; the possible transfer of endowment and other resources of funding for 
seminary education; and the significance of the Methodist program for seminary 
support^the Ministerial Education Fund — were most important elements in our 
deliberations. 

The action of the 1972 General Conference has been interpreted by many as a 
"mandate" to merge some of the seminaries. Upon more careful reflection the 
committee, later its judgment being confirmed by the commission, suggested that 
the 1972 report did not in fact require such mergers. What was required was the 
establishment of task forces made up of representatives of the seminaries and 
colleges or the universities to which they are related plus representation from the 
University Senate, the Division of Ordained Ministry, and the Commission to 
Study the Ministry. 

These Task Forces were charged with the evaluation of the quality of education 
offered and the effectiveness of recruitment concerning enrollment of persons 
who might be made available for ministry in our denomination. There were 
extensive involvements of faculty, trustees, students, and persons in administra- 
tion on the part of the various institutions as these task forces addressed 
themselves to their responsibilities. Most careful deliberation and thought was 
given in every area to the immediate and long range problems of merger in 
specific and theological education in general. 

Mr. Duffey proceeded to review and explain further the 
Commission's recommendations relative to specific seminaries in 
the various regions, as contained in its printed report. He then 
summarized the other recommendations in the Commission's 
printed report, dealing with the continuation of the Ministerial 
Education Fund and ongoing evaluation of the seminaries by the 
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Richard W. Harrington (Western New York) introduced the 
portion of the Commission's report deahng with the general 
ministry and its relationship to the ordained ministry. 

Mr. Harrington: What you have before you represents SVz years of study, 
consultation, and collaboration in writing on the parts of many, many persons — a 
number of whom are sitting out there among you today. Thus, we feel that we 
have statements with a wide degree of ownership because so many individuals 
have played important roles in their formulation. In the commission's attempt to 
take seriously the mandate to study ordination and the covenant relation as 
defined in Par. 331 of the 1968 Book of Discipline, a major concern arose almost 
immediately in the fact that the chapter which contains that paragraph is entitled 
simply, "The Ministry," and deals exclusively then with the ordained ministry of 
the church. 

We were confronted with the fact, and it soon became a deep conviction, that 
the use of the word "ministry" as being particularly, or even predominantly, 
identified with those who are ordained is indefensible from the standpoint of our 
accepted theological standards — namely, scripture, tradition, reason, and 
experience. The word "ministry" has too vital and too inclusive a meaning to allow 
any one group of persons vvithin the life of a church to possess it exclusively. 
Therefore, it was very early in our deliberations that we sought to clarify that 
"ministry" in the name of Jesus Christ, whether carried out by a clergy person or 
a lay person, is ministry in the name of Jesus Christ. 

No matter who performs it, if love and concern and caring in his name are 
present, it is ministry in the fullest sense of the word. Thus, as a part of the total 
proposal of the commission there is a statement on the ministry of all Christians 
which we are recommending to be included in the 1976 Book of Discipline as 
Chapter 1 of Part IV. It is an attempt to identify ministry as the responsibility of 
the total church of Jesus Christ. 

The ministry of all Christians starts in baptism and moves to greater fulfillment 
in the conscious act of confirmation. Baptism and confirmation are rites of entry 
into ministry. The statement thus calls for an honest commitment to the full 
meaning of church membership. It defines ministry plainly and simply as "the 
concern of the whole People of God." Included in this general ministry of the 
church are those who respond to call — to serve the church in professional 
ministries, both lay and ordained. Such persons who are thus called are never 
reUeved of their basic responsibility for being in ministry simply by their being 
Christian, responding to the call to ministry implicit in their baptism and 
confirmation, reaching out with serving love to the world in the name of Jesus 
Christ. 

Mr. Harrington continued with an introduction to the portion 
of the Commission's report dealing with "Guidelines for Recogni- 
tion of Diaconal Ministry," followed by comments on the section 
entitled, "The Ordained Ministry." 



Time Extended 

The chair noted that the time allotted for the presentation of 
the Commission's report had been exhausted. There was a 
motion to extend the time for this report for five minutes, and it 
was adopted. 



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Report Continued 

Mr. Harrington resumed his presentation on "The Ordained 
Ministry." He moved the referral of the entire report of the 
Commission to the Legislative Committee on Higher Education 
and Ministry. By vote of the Conference, the motion of referral 
was adopted. 

Commission on the Status and Role of Women 

The Chair recognized Barbara R. Thompson (Baltimore), 
president of the Commission, for presentation of the report. 

Ms. Thompson: In 1972 this General Conference stood to honor Georgia 
Harkness as she observed her 81st birthday. On behalf of all women and men in 
the church, I salute that esteemed lay woman who would have been 85 years of 
age on April 22 of this year. Women have been inspired by the commitment 
Georgia Harkness made to strengthening the life of our church. On page J-49 of 
the Advance Edition of the Daily Christian Advocate you will note that we have 
identified Georgia Harkness as one of the Foremothers in the Faith, and I read a 
description that I would Uke to share with you in terms of how we feel about her. 

For what (Georgia Harkness did was to integrate academic theology with the 
spiritual, ethical and social needs of believers. Such was an important first step 
towards feminine theologizing. I beUeve that if she were here today with us she, 
too, would be wearing yellow as a symbol of the solidarity for the concerns of 
women. 

If you will look around you you will note that there are many people wearing 
yellow, and perhaps those who have taken off jackets would put them on so that 
the yellow shows and those who are covering the yellow would take it off. But we 
would Uke for you to see the expression of solidarity for the concerns of women. 
Throughout this great hall there are many people who have been directly involved 
in helping to bring about greater participation for women in the Church. 
Involvement has come from the episcopal ranks. There are many delegates, 
women and men, who are present because the concerns of women have been 
supported at aU levels of the church. 

People have been working to enrich the community as members of Annual 
Conference commissions or task forces, as liaison persons from other boards and 
agencies or as part of the rich resource of the total life of our United Methodist 
Church. 

Ms. Thompson called attention to the printed report of the 
Commission and introduced the Commission members who would 
present portions of the report: Doris Handy (Western Pennsyl- 
vania), Hazel Decker (Texas), Erwin Schwiebert (Oregon- 
Idaho), Lydia M. Saenz (Chairwoman of the Task Force on Third 
World Women), and Jeanne Audrey Powers (Minnesota). 

Ms. Handy called attention to portions of the Commission's 
printed report. She stressed that while there had been small but 
significant gains during the quadrennium, the Commission's 
agenda was not complete. She noted the recommendation of the 
General Council on Ministries that it should become one of the 
standing commissions of the church. Ms. Handy referred to the 



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fact that twelve clergywomen were delegates to this General 
Conference and observed that this was the first time in history 
that clergywomen had been seated as delegates. 

Ms. Handy: This is progress which we can be proud of, but we must not be 
satisfied. There is need for a standing commission instead of a quadrennium by 
quadrennium life and we have proposed legislation to that end. It is significant 
that 60 of 73 Annual Conferences have already estabUshed Conference 
commissions. This is clear evidence that the empowerment of women is a deeply 
felt need. The Commission on the Status and Role of Women is also proposing 
legislation to enable these groups for effective leadership and service. We are 
challenged to be an inclusive Church, making it possible for women to move 
forward in the main stream of the poHcy-making channels of the Church — this 
great church of ours as it fulfills its mission to the world. You, we, this General 
Conference have the power to make it happen. Let's do so and as my Bishop 
would say, so be it. 

Hazel Decker (Texas): Along vdth every other woman in the Women's Division 
I strongly supported the creation of the Commission on the Status and Role of 
Women, but four years ago in Atlanta when I voted for the commission it never 
entered my head that I would become a member of the commission — one of the 
three liaison persons from the Women's Division. Now if I had had more time and 
there had been fewer conflicts in schedules, I could have also participated in the 
United Methodist Women's Caucus, which indeed any woman vdthin the Church 
may do. 

From my vantage point as a member of two of the groups and in contact with 
the third, since members from the caucus regularly meet with commissions, it 
was easy to see similarities and diversity of the three, yet the unique character 
and the distinct function of each one. There is no duplication or competition. 
There is a spirit of support and cooperation because one over-arching concern is 
common for the three groups within The United Methodist Church. And that is 
the utilization of the potential of women and the full participation of women both 
lay and clergy in church and society. Only yesterday a statistic from a recent 
census in the United States tells a lot about this land in which we live. It was this. 
Thirteen percent of the homes of this land are headed by women. More than 50 
percent of the world's people are women. Women are more than 50 percent of the 
Church. 

One tangible product of the commission's life during this past quadrennium is a 
book of poems and prose written by women and initiated by Nan Self of the 
Secretariat. One short poem of just one line by Sister Martha N. Kirk expressed 
for women the situation. She expresses it so well when she said, "Until woman 
assumes her rightful place in ministry then Christ has only one hand to 
strengthen, to teach and to heal." 

Erwin Schwiebert (Oregon-Idaho), noting that he was one of 
seventeen men who had been members of the Commission, 
expressed profound respect for what the women who were 
members and leaders of the Commission had been able to 
accomplish in a short period of time and with limited financial 
resources. He spoke of his work as a member of the Commission's 
Task Force on Biblical and Theological Perspectives, stressing 
the importance of achieving better understanding in this area. He 
referred to the ongoing task remaining to be accomplished and 
expressed hope for the approval of a standing commission. 



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Lydia M. Saenz (At-large Commission Member) recalled that 
at its organizing meeting the Commission had identified the 
concerns of ethnic and racial minority women as one of its major 
concerns for the quadrennium. She referred to the fact that many 
ethnic minority persons were either in missionary conferences, 
and therefore without vote at pohcy-making levels of the Church, 
or in small conferences with only two General Conference 
delegates, in which case only a lajnvoman or a layman has a vote. 
She stated that the Commission had established a joint task force 
with the Commission on Rehgion and Race to deal with the 
complex interrelationships of sexism and racism and "to assist 
both Commissions and the church at large to be sensitive to , . . 
the double discrimination faced by ethnic minority women, the 
need for fair emplo^Tnent practices in the church, the need for 
affirmative action guidelines to eliminate sexism and racism in 
the total life of the church." Ms. Saenz reported that, to help deal 
with these issues, legislation was being proposed that would 
designate at least 25% of scholarship funds for ethnic minority 
women who experience a call to the ordained ministry', and that 
at least 257c of the proposed HANA scholarship funds be for 
Hispanic, Asian, and Native American women. 

Time Extended 

The Chau' noted that the time allotted for the report of the 
Commission had been exhausted. Douglas Verdin (New York), 
chairman of the Agenda Committee, moved to extend the time 
for this report for five minutes. The motion was adopted. 

Report Resumed 

Jeanne Audrey Poicers (Minnesota): At the General Conference in 1928, Mr. 
M. C. Wright made an outspoken speech on the ordination of women. "The 
itinerant ministrj- as much as any calling is a man's job. It takes a real he-man to 
qualify'. Riding circuits, raising steeples among the hills, building spires among 
the smokestacks calls for the labor of brawny men. We must keep it so if we are to 
keep up the work of the fathers." I just hope that he had a chance to meet 
Margaret Henrichsen, first woman District Superintendent, who raised seven of 
those steeples in rural Maine. 

But the church has yet to experience that vital mutuality of the ministry when 
both women and men can exercise their gifts. Our work has just begun. Our 
Council of Bishops in the Episcopal Address has affirmed the rights of women, 
both lay and clerg>\ to occupy any executive position in the church. 

And yet the only agency with disciplinary guidelines for including women at the 
top levels of staffing is the Board of Global Ministries. Three of our major 
agencies do not have a single woman in the top three levels of their staff, and that 
seated row back there of heads of boards and agencies, except for this 
commission, has yet to have a woman seated. 

The Commission's mandate has been to work toward the recruitment, training 
and fuD utilization of women in the pastoral and related ministries in The United 



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Methodist Church. And yet our cabinets are very nervous about the appointment 
of a woman to a congregation, particularly if she is single and there is no 
parsonage family, and particularly if she is married and the itinerancy is 
seemingly challenged, and particularly if she is married to another minister, and 
particularly if she has children. 

The commission has responded increasingly in seeking inquiry, advocacy and 
justice in employment practices affecting women employed by the boards and 
agencies and in conference staffs or churches. And yet women who are directors 
of Christian education or in the deaconess relationship or local church secretaries 
who are fully qualified in their respective professions remain among the most 
poorly paid and most eagerly fired when the budget crunches. 

And finally, how can we share with you the growing sense of excitement and 
expectancy, the zest for ministry, that we have. And yet seminaries are still 
reluctant to hire women in tenured positions. Bibhcal and theological sexism is 
relegated to specific women's courses, which remain peripheral to mainUne 
theological education. And concern about language as symbolic carrier of ideas is 
stiU not universally adopted. What a contrast we had yesterday between the 
inclusiveness of the language of the hymnody last night and the exclusiveness of 
the ecclesiastical procession in the afternoon. Anna Howard Shaw, first ordained 
Methodist minister, a foremother to all of us in the faith, wrote, "Some day they'll 
open all the ft-ont doors and make a proper use of the enthusiasm for service that 
women have got. Not only in the ministry, but everywhere. But until then we've 
got to keep climbing in the best way we know." And until that day comes when all 
the doors are open, the Commission on Women is only a beginning, but it is a 
beginning, and we are on our way. 

Following the individual presentations, Barbara Thompson 
noted that the funding support for a standing commission was 
included in the World Service budget proposal. She moved that 
the legislation to establish a standing commission and the 
legislation to establish Annual Conference commissions be 
referred to the proper legislative committees. The motion to 
refer was adopted. 

Bishops' Call for Peace and Self-development of Peoples 

The Chair recognized Bishop Ralph E. Dodge for presentation 
of the report. Bishop Dodge called delegates' attention to the 
printed report of the Bishops' Call (see page 1936). He then 
presented Bishop James Armstrong, Dakotas Area, chairperson 
of the Coordinating Committee of the Bishops' Call. 

Bishop Armstrong: You have the printed report before you. It contains a 
fragmentary summary of activities and a skeletal statement of underlying 
directions and theological cultural insights. 

Now, how can I dramatize the substance of the call? Last Sunday, April 25, 
after twenty years of ruinous tragic struggle, the people of Vietnam voted for the 
reunification of their land. Vietnam is a continuing embarrassment to us. As a 
nation, as a church, we wish it would go away, we try to ignore it, we try to forget 
it. But the reality of the self-development dreams of 45 million people in 
Southeast Asia is with us yet. 

Perhaps if for the moment we try to see Vietnam as a microcosmic view of the 
enemies and the sources of peace, we will better understand the implications of 



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the Bishops' Call. Let me insert a parenthetical word of explanation and apology 
to those who are delegates and visitors from other nations. In speaking of 
Vietnam I will be specific and direct, for without such honesty any talk of 
Vietnam in retrospect is meaningless. Therefore, I will speak as a citizen of the 
United States and will make repeated references to the moods and the policies of 
my own country, a country which I love, even as you love yours. 

Vietnam and the enemies of peace. Economic exploitation was listed as an 
enemy of peace by the Bishops' call. The clash of economic systems provided the 
real reason for U.S. military involvement in Vietnam, ignoring the well-being of 
the people. We argued that the struggle being waged was between capitalism and 
communism. We had to stand the communist tide, we said. We had to keep those 
dominoes from toppling. The people were not the object. Some two million of 
them died between 1954 and 1974, and 80 percent of the casualties were civilian. 
Freedom was not the object. The Saigon government from beginning to end was a 
corrupt, military police state. 

The culture was not the object. The culture was nearly destroyed. Peasants 
were torn from their villages, from their sacred land and traditional graveyards. 
Families were ripped apart or flooded into already over-crowded cities, children 
became beggars, girls became prostitutes. Confucian family concepts, Buddhist 
pacifism, the Christian love ethic were all flaunted by the brute irrationality of 
hatred and violence. A young attorney, a member of the nationalist assembly of 
South Vietnam told a group of us in Saigon in 1969, "The best thing you can do for 
us is to save us from your salvation." 

If not for fi-eedom, if not to preserve traditional values, if not for the sake of the 
people involved, then why were we there? To serve the political and economic 
interests of the United States. Nation worship was listed as an enemy of peace by 
the Bishops' CaU. The national interest has been used to justify everything in this 
country from McCarthyism to the Bay of Pigs, from criminal misadventures of the 
FBI and CIA to Watergate to Vietnam. But, of course, to certain of our leaders, 
domestic practice and foreign policy must be based on the national interest. That's 
the way it has always been, and that's the way it will continue to be. 

But think for a moment. If we have a right to exhalt and make secure our nation 
at the expense of others, then so do 150 other nations across the face of the globe. 
The law of the jungle is legitimized. It rules out any possibility of international 
law and international order. It makes inevitable the violent chaos of international 
anarchy. And all of this in a moment of time when human survival depends upon a 
sense of global community, mutual responsibility and the development of 
structures of interdependency. Nation worship, whether in Russia or Rhodesia, 
China or Chile, whether in Israel or Syria or the United States of America, 
contains the seeds that in a near and altogether predictable future could destroy 
us all. 

Racism was listed as an enemy of peace in the Bishop's Call. At its best war 
brutalizes everyone involved. The Vietnamese were gooks and slants; they were 
not seen as persons. Read the testimony surrounding the My Lai massacre. 
Human beings were not murdered, they were wasted. Babies and young mothers 
and helpless old men were not people; not once did Lt. Calley refer to them as 
people. They were the enemy. And always the words were there — gooks, slants, 
gook, slant. Racism. 

Continued reliance upon military violence was called an enemy of peace by the 
Bishop's Call. In 1954 the Geneva Agreement called for a temporary division of 
Vietnam. Within two years elections would be held over all the country to choose 
the leadership for a united Vietnam. That was 20 years ago. Those elections were 
never held. Ngo Dinh Diem, the ruler of South Vietnam that was living in the 
United States when the Geneva agreements were signed, would not permit them. 
Our State Department backed him to the hilt. Why? Because both Diem and the 



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State Department knew that an election in 1956 would bring Ho Chi Minh an 
overwhelming landsUde victory. And we talk about the self-determination of 
people. Gareth Porter, in his significant new book A Peace Denied, points out 
time and time again when negotiations were in progress and political solutions 
seemed within reach, we choose the military option instead. 

In January, 1973, when the Peace Agreements were signed, we received less 
than we could have in 1969, far less than we could have in 1954. And that after 
twice as much bomb tonnage had been dropped on a people than in aU previous 
wars combined. Early this month I stood on the site of the Bach Mai Hospital in 
Hanoi. On December 22, 1972 one hundred bombs were dropped on that hospital. 
It was destroyed. Today, partially rebuilt, it stands as a grim reminder of the fact 
that modem warfare is no respecter of persons. It is as indiscriminate as it is 
insane. Certainly in Vietnam it was both. And in the end it proved nothing except 
its own futility. 

You will remember the call began by saying that bUnd self-interest is an enemy 
of peace. That included us all. Reference was made to greed and cowardice, 
silence and truculence, arrogance and apathy, to sin. And analyzing the tragedy 
of Vietnam, it is not enough to blame economic, political and military institutions. 
Not enough to blame opposing ideologies or superpowers vying for supremacy. 
We are involved. The very traits we referred to — greed, cowardice, silence when 
voices should be heard, arrogance, indifference, blind self-interest — are ex- 
pressed in the natural depths of our own being. 

Even as nations need spiritual renewal so do we, and we cannot expect nations 
to change unless our own attitudes and values and lifestyles are converted. 
Whether looking at an international disgrace like Indochina or a national shame 
like Watergate or our most private pitfalls, we need to know the hope and power 
and the promise of new birth. 

Vietnam and the sources of peace. We talked about the enemies of peace. As we 
take this microcosmic view of Vietnam where do we see the sources of peace? 
Liberation. The genuine self-development of peoples must supplant continuing 
patterns of exploitation. Vietnam is not a perfect society today. No thoughtful 
person would claim that. However, Vietnam has been returned to the hands of 
the Vietnamese. 

For a thousand years they defended themselves against the Chinese, then the 
French were the outsiders, then the Americans, and now the aliens are gone and 
Vietnam is left with a legacy of overwhelming problems. Unemployment, lack of 
food, disease, epidemics, crippled transportation and communications systems, 
and the challenge of building a new and equitable society. When Ho Chi Minh 
emerged from the jungles at the end of World War II as the socialist leader of the 
nationalist movement he borrowed heavily from our own Declaration of 
Independence in writing a Constitution. Even as we have much to learn from 
Vietnam about sacrifice and collective responsibility, so too can Vietnam learn 
much fi-om us about individual freedom. Perhaps in a new atmosphere of humihty 
and mutual respect we will be willing to learn from one another. As freedom and 
justice, as individual rights and collective responsibility are joined, liberation 
becomes a reality. 

Wherever one travels in Vietnam today, one sees this quotation from Ho Chi 
Minh emblazoned against the sky, "There is nothing more precious than 
independence and freedom." Let us pray that this poor, ravaged people may find 
them both. 

Another source of peace is racial justice. Look about you in this assembly. Asia 
is here. Europe is here. Africa is here. South and North America are here. The 
islands of the sea are here. Black, brown, red, yellow, white, all are one in the 
Creator's sight. No one here would presume to say that he or she is inherently 
superior to another. In Christ, there is no East, no West, no Jew, no Arab, no 



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male, no female, no Communist, no capitalist, no black, no white, no Jew, no 
spick, no gook, no slant — all are one in Christ. 

For years idealists and activists have been singing, "We Shall Overcome 
Someday," but time is running out. That someday of racial justice must soon come 
if peace is to be made real. 

Another source of peace, the demilitarization of our psychology, of our 
economy, of our approach to fundamental human problems. How long, Lord, 
how long will we permit military budgets to soar while people programs suffer. 
How long, Lord, how long will we permit the tentacles of a military industrial 
network to ensnare and stifle the free and peace loving instincts of the republic. 
How long, Lord, how long will we train and support military dictatorships 
around the world, arming virtually every side of every war while paying Up 
service to human rights and impartial justice. 

How long, Lord, how long will we allow the most nationalistic and militaristic 
of our presidential candidates to set the ground rules for foreign policy debate in 
an election year. A debate that becomes a disgrace in the light of international 
need and global reality. What right have we as a people to go through the agony of 
Vietnam if we fail to learn and apply the harsh lessons therefrom. Somehow, we 
must become convinced that the true glory of this republic rests in something 
other than a battle hymn. 

Another source of peace — let's be more specific: self-development programs, 
humanitarian aid programs, reconstruction programs that will help heal the 
wounds of the past and build for a more secure and just tomorrow. Following 
World War H, the United States helped rebuild vanquished nations. Germany 
and Japan, totalitarian countries responsible for crimes against humanity, were 
granted massive economic and technological assistance that helped lift them from 
the ruin of their defeat. For the Allies, at least, the issues in that war seemed 
clear. Right was right, wrong was wrong, and right we felt was clearly on our side. 
Not so in Vietnam. The issues were not clear. The more we learned about 
Indochina, the more confused we became. The United States was sharply divided. 
A sense of shame followed our confusion. Yet now in the aftermath of that sort of 
war the United States has withheld diplomatic recognition, vetoed United 
Nations membership, imposed a trade boycott and steered clear of logical steps 
that would lead to the normalization of relationships. 

Apparently the humiliation was too great. How could a tiny peasant people, a 
hardy, gentle people, stave off the economic and technological power, the air and 
naval power, the manpower of a superpower. We don't know, but they did. So 
today we would rather not talk about it — rather not think about it. Rebuild 
Vietnam? We don't seem ready yet to extend our traditional response to a 
devastated people. Their spirit wasn't broken. They weren't defeated. We don't 
seem ready yet to assume our moral obligations. In February, 1973, in private 
correspondence now made public, President Nixon promised Vietnam $3V4 billion 
of reconstruction aid with no conditions, no political strings attached. 

In the Paris Agreement, Articles 8 and 21 lead naturally to the normalization of 
relationships referred to in Article 22. Article 8 deals with the MIA question, and 
it must be dealt with. But the congressional committee under the chairmanship of 
Mississippi's Sonny Montgomery is dealing with it, and Congressman Montgom- 
ery, a so-called hawk during the war, insists that we must respond to Article 21 
calling for significant reconstruction aid if we expect Vietnam to respond further 
to the MIA proviso. Montgomery, who with his committee recently visited 
Vietnam, has also called for the lifting of the embargo and the normalization of 
ties between the two lands. 

Surely on the basis of past precedents, remember World War II, international 
morality and Christian conscience, the government of the United States has no 
choice but to offer massive assistance to a people devastated by thirty years of 



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continuous warfare. We bore 80 percent of the French costs during the French 
Indochinese War. We paid the fuU tab for the twenty years of ruinous violence 
that followed. American dollars paid for the carpet bombing and napalm, for the 
leveling of forests and the chemical rape of countless rice paddies and sweet 
potato fields, for the irreparable mutilation of a land and the indescribable 
suffering of a people. We paid for the war. Now in the name of God and for the 
sake of humanity let us help pay for the peace. 

Peace with honor? There wiU be no legitimate claim to national honor for us this 
side of a significant role in the reconstruction of a ravaged country. Our churches 
have a role to play in this. Through UMCOR and Church World Service, through 
the Fund for Reconciliation and Reconstruction in Indochina of the World Council 
of Churches, and the humanitarian aid programs of fi-iendship, we will be called 
upon to help with food, with restoration of agriculture and the rural base, with 
resources to help in the development of indigenous industry, with medical 
supplies and educational equipment, and in a thousand gestures designed to 
symbolize reconciliation and friendship. 

Toward the end of the General Conference in 1972, the Council of Bishops asked 
me to leave Atlanta and attend the third United Nations Conference on Trade and 
Development being held in South America. There I represented the Bishops' Call 
for Peace and the Self-development of Peoples. During the last days of this 
General Conference I have been asked to chair a press conference and enter into 
conversation with congressional leadership in Washington to plead for a 
humanitarian response to the urgent needs in Vietnam, again as a representative 
of the Bishops' Call. 

These activities symbolize in some smaU way the relationship of a legislative 
body like this General Conference to a real world out there where exploitation and 
tyranny and suffering and war continue to plague God's created order. Just as the 
enemies of peace must be personalized, so must the sources of peace. As the 
Bishops' Call said, "New life based upon an honest awareness of past failures and 
sins is a requisite for peace. If God's conditions for peace include penitence and 
new life, they can also be summarized with one word — love. Freedom is love's 
expression, justice is love's demand. Believing that those who live by the sword 
will perish by the sword, and that those who find their security in nuclear 
stockpiles may well be destroyed by that weaponry, love seeks to overcome evil 
with good. God was in Christ reconciling the world unto himself. He has entrusted 
us with the message of reconciliation." 

We began by saying that Vietnam offers a microcosmic study of the enemies 
and sources of peace. Let me close with a note of hope and promise drawn from 
the pen of a Vietnamese poet: "I would like to say some simple things, simple as a 
field of rice or sweet potatoes, or a silent early morning. Please let me breathe 
again the air of yesterday. Let children frolic in the sun with kites over bamboo 
bridges. Just a narrow little space will be enough, for rows of bamboo trees 
around it. And leave a little space for an entrance, a place for a girl and a boy to 
tell the story of the moon, for old women with babies to gather and chatter. Please 
give me back these things I've mentioned. A story as simple as a bird's unbroken 
song, as a mother, as a baby, as the life of long ago the poets used to tell." 

Bishop Armstrong was accorded a standing ovation at the 
conclusion of his statement. 

Continuing Commission on the Black Colleges (see page 1947) 

The Chan- recognized Bishop Ernest T. Dixon (Kansas Area) 

for the presentation of the report. Bishop Dixon introduced 

members of the Continuing Commission and three presidents of 



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black colleges who were also delegates or reserve delegates to 
the General Conference: Dr. Samuel Meyer (West Ohio), Joseph 
T. Johnson (Northern Illinois), Marjorie Mann (North Carolina), 
Dr. John T. King (Southwest Texas; President, Huston-Tillotson 
College), Clarice M. Howe (Northern New Jersey), Mary Good 
(Detroit), Robert E. Hayes (Texas; President, Wiley College), 
and Richard V. Moore (Florida; Chancellor, Bethune-Cookman 
College). He expressed appreciation to Fred Harris, F. Thomas 
Trotter, and DePriest Whye of the Board of Higher Education 
and Ministry staff for their assistance in preparing the report of 
the Continuing Commission. He also recognized the support of 
the Council of Bishops and individual bishops for the black 
colleges. 

Bishop Dixon referred to the printed report of the Commission 
and lifted up certain portions of it for special emphasis. Following 
his presentation the report was referred by vote of the 
Conference. 

Time Extended 

Douglas Verdin (Chairman, Agenda Committee) moved the 
time be extended for ten minutes to permit the completion of the 
agenda. The time was extended. 

Matter of High Privilege 

Diane Moats (Southern California-Arizona) attempted to 
secure the floor for presentation of a question of high privilege, 
which she identified as the matter of voting rights for delegates 
of the Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference. The Chair ruled 
that she was not in order at this time inasmuch as this involved a 
constitutional change. 

Concordats with the Methodist Church of Mexico and the 
Methodist Church in the Caribbean and the Americas 

Forrest C. Stith (Baltimore), chairman of the Legislative 
Committee on Global Ministries, moved that the rules be 
suspended for the presentation of reports related to this matter 
and that Leonard Slutz (West Ohio) be recognized to present the 
reasons for the suspension of rules. Mr. Slutz explained the 
constitutional provision under which concordats may be estab- 
hshed with autonomous Methodist churches permitting the 
mutual exchange of voting delegates in one another's highest 
legislative bodies. He then proceeded to give background 
information on the concordats to be presented at this time. 

Mr. Slutz: Over the last three years the Division of Ecumenical and 
Interreligious Concerns, with the authority and backing of Global Ministries and 



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in consultation with the Council of Bishops, has been working toward a Concordat 
with the Methodist Church of Mexico, our closest neighbor geographically, a close 
neighbor historically, a church that has had over a hundred years existence, that 
for 46 years has been completely independent, self-supporting and a growing vital 
church. The yellow sheet distributed this morning uiifortunately referred to it as 
a missionary church, but it is a fully independent, self-supporting, autonomous 
church which comes to this concordat on the basis of equality. 

On July 4 of last year, symbohcally, the General Conference of The Methodist 
Church of Mexico voted approval of a concordat with The United Methodist 
Church. They selected two delegates, one clergy and one lay who are here, and 
the reason we have asked that this petition be considered now is so that if it is 
passed these delegates may immediately be seated and take fuU part in all the 
deliberations of this Conference; so that they can take their place in the 
committees, the committee work and be seated this morning. 

As we worked out that concordat the opportunity developed for another one, 
with the Methodist Church in the Caribbean and the Americas, a church coming 
out of the British tradition which for nine years now has been completely 
independent. And they approached us, said that they felt they had close cultural 
and economic, social and religious ties with our church and with our country, and 
they said that they would be very much interested in a similar concordat, and so 
one again has been negotiated and is to be presented to you this morning if you 
will suspend the rules so that we can present it this morning. 

And again the reason why we feel it is rather urgent so far as time is concerned 
is that the president of the Methodist Church of the Caribbean and the Americas 
is here today, but must leave tonight to go back to his own church because their 
conference meets in the next few days. The hope is that if we can approve this 
concordat, we can here select our delegates to go to their conference which will be 
held in a couple of weeks. Then if their General Conference approves the 
concordat our delegates can promptly be seated at the beginning of their session. 
Consequently, we are asking that these two petitions which were unanimously 
passed by the Board of Global Ministries Committee last night be presented to 
you. And if adopted, that these men can be seated and the president of the Church 
of the Caribbean can say hello and we will have approved these two concordats. 

The motion to suspend the rules was adopted. 

Mr. Stith presented the report of the Legislative Committee 
on Global Ministries, recommending that the concordat with the 
Methodist Church of Mexico be approved. He explained that it 
would authorize the immediate seating of one clergy and one lay 
delegate from that Church in this General Conference and also 
the election by this Conference of delegates and reserves to the 
General Conference of the Methodist Church of Mexico. He 
moved the adoption of the report, and it was adopted (see page 
1549). 

Mr. Stith then presented a similar committee action to 
establish a concordat with the Methodist Church in the 
Caribbean and the Americas. He moved its adoption, and it was 
adopted (see page 1549). 

Mr. Slutz introduced the two delegates from the Methodist 
Church of Mexico, Bishop Alejandro Ruiz and Roberto Rios, and 
the president of the Methodist Church of the Caribbean and the 



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Americas, Claude Cadogan. Dr. Cadogan and Bishop Ruiz each 
greeted the Conference and expressed appreciation on behalf of 
their respective churches for the action of the Conference. Bishop 
Stowe welcomed the new members of the Conference. 

Announcements 

Bishop Alton (Secretary, Council of Bishops) announced a 
meeting of the Committee on Plan of Organization and Rules of 
Order, 

Bishop Tuell (Portland Area) announced that a telegram had 
been received which read, in part, as follows: "Regret unable to 
attend General Conference due to pressure of work in the 
liberation of Zimbabwe. Bishop Abel T. Muzorewa." 

Zan Holmes (North Texas) made an announcement. J. B. Holt 
(Secretary) made additional announcements. 

Bishop Stowe expressed appreciation to Bishops Mathews and 
Alton for their assistance in the task of presiding over the 
session. 

Adjournment 

Bishop James W. Henley pronounced the benediction, and the 
session was adjourned. 



SECOND DAY, WEDNESDAY, APRIL 28, 1976 
AFTERNOON SESSION 

Opening — ^Bishop Francis E. Kearns 

Pursuant to adjournment, the General Conference of The 
United Methodist Church convened in the afternoon session of 
the second day, Wednesday, April 28, 1976, at 2:30 p.m. in the 
Memorial CoUseum, Portland, Oregon, with Bishop Francis E. 
Kearns, Ohio East Area, presiding. 

Carlton Young introduced the organist, Joan Pratt of the First 
United Methodist Church of Vancouver, Washington, and led in 
the singing of a hymn. Bishop 0. Eugene Slater, San Antonio 
Area, led the Conference in prayer. 

Committee on Presiding Officers 

Jameson Jones (Rocky Mountain), chairman of the Committee 
on Presiding Officers, announced that Bishop Paul W. Milhouse, 
Oklahoma Area, had been chosen to preside at the Thursday 
morning session. 

Matter of High Privilege 

Kenneth Cooper (Alabama- West Florida) requested recogni- 
tion as a matter of high privilege for the purpose of responding to 
Bishop Armstrong's statement at the morning session. Bishop 
Kearns ruled that the Chair did not consider this to be a matter of 
high privilege and asked that Mr. Cooper present his request to 
the Committee on Courtesies and Privileges. 

General Council on Ministries (see pages 2073-2144) 

The Chair recognized John T. King (Southwest Texas), 
president of the General Council on Ministries, for presentation 
of the report. Dr. King called attention to the printed report of 
the Council, as found in the Daily Christian Advocate. He also 
introduced those who would participate in the presentation of the 
report: Paul Duffey (Alabama- West Florida), Dolphus Whitten 
(Oklahoma), Norman E. Deunre (General Secretary, General 
Council on Ministries)^ and Paul V. Church (Consultant and 
former General Secretary, General Council on Ministries). He 
asked that the Conference express its appreciation to Dr. Church 
for his years of service, inasmuch as he was scheduled to retire a 
few months hence. The Conference responded with applause. 

Dr. King presented the Council's report on the reference from 
the 1972 General Conference deaUng with central ordering and 
distribution for all publications and supplies produced by the 

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boards and agencies (see page 2073). He called attention to the 
resolution for action on this report (see pages 1817-1818). 

Dr. King then presented the Council's report on its functions 
with respect to the allocation of World Service funds to the 
general program agencies (see pages 2080-2084). 

The work of the Council in coordinating the legislative 
proposals of the general agencies to this General Conference was 
described. Attention was directed to five miscellaneous resolu- 
tions related to legislation (see pages 1822-1825). 

Dr. King stated that the 1972 (General Conference had assigned 
to the Council on Finance and Administration and the General 
Council on Ministries certain responsibilities related to the 
property and location of general agencies' headquarters. He 
called attention to a resolution for study and action related to the 
headquarters location of the Board of Global Ministries which the 
two Councils were submitting jointly as a result of their work in 
this area (see page 1819). 

Finally Dr. King presented a "Resolution on a Task Force on 
the Church and Human Sexuality" which was included in the 
Council's report (see pages 1812-1813). 

Paul A. Duffey (Alabama- West Florida) reported on the 
Council's work in the development of planning materials to be 
made available to local churches for use in planning their 
programs and ministries. He referred the Conference to the 
document included in the Council's report under the title, "The 
Kingdom in our Midst." 

Mr. Duffey: It is a rather comprehensive document. It is well illustrated and 
deals with the basic results of our survey and study concerning the determined 
need of our people as perceived by a wide range of people within our 
denomination. 

This document is related to seven vital concerns which are listed as deeper 
personal commitment to Christ; strengthening the local church; full participation 
by lay persons; concern for persons; values and ethics in public and private life; 
living as good stewards in an age of scarcity; the future of church-related 
institutions. These were arrived at through a process of survey and study and 
feed-back across our whole denomination. 

They represent the perceived needs and urgencies of our people as they plan for 
ministry, but undergirding them are an equal number of basic perspectives so 
that our ministry is not only programmatic, but it is also the "warp and woof" of 
our fabric of ministry. Each of these is to be undergirded by theological 
understanding, by the perspective of global involvement, ecumenical and 
interreligious style relating to systems, racial, ethnic pluralism, world hunger, 
communications as part of the undergirding of each of the seven vital concerns. 

Now taking seven concerns and seven underlying principles, there is a fabric to 
be woven of response in a meaningful way to the people and to the needs of the 
people. Now we believe that the local church needs some opportunity for planning 
so that we have produced this planning document. It is not a program in the sense 
of something to be filled out but a possibility for fulfillment. 



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Taking the theme and then using this document there will be other parts of a 
planning process made available. That is the program of getting people involved 
from the smallest church to the largest, and from every agency in our 
denomination. 

Mr. Duffey explained that The Interpreter would present 
articles, resources, and planning aids in connection with this 
emphasis. General agencies had been involved in the develop- 
ment of the proposal and would develop the resources for 
implementing it, if it was approved by the General Conference. 
There would be a tie-in with the two missional priorities being 
recommended, world hunger and enablement of racial and ethnic 
minority local churches, and with evangelism. He called attention 
to resolutions related to this emphasis (see pages 2085-2088). 

Dolphus Whitten, Jr. (Oklahoma) presented the Council's 
report dealing with publications (see pages 2130-2141). 

Dr. Whitten: In March last year the Council on Ministries instructed the Joint 
Committee on Communications, which is the communications arm of the 
G.C.O.M., to make a study of the general periodicals of The United Methodist 
Church to determine how adequate they are and to determine what other media 
might be needed in order to serve the general church and especially at the church, 
the local church, and the Annual Conference levels. 

Now, about a month after this study began, the necessity of the study was 
greatly reinforced when, as you recall, the Publishing House found it necessary to 
discontinue publication of Today magazine. This was a rather dramatic change in 
the publication and communication effort of the Church. It represented pulling 
out about a million dollar operation a year — about half of this being in subsidies by 
the Publishing House and about half of it in subscriptions from United 
Methodists. Obviously, something had to be done to replace this part of our 
communications system. The Joint Committee on Communications made its 
report to the Council on Ministries in December, 1975. The report analyzed the 
various audiences which need to be served through our communications system 
and suggested a number of alternatives for meeting these needs. 

Dr. Whitten called attention first to that portion of the report 
which set forth the proposals and then to an additional report 
which set forth the funding request for a comprehensive 
communications system (see pages 1788, 2142). 

Dr. Whitten: I would like to leave you with this thought. The Council on 
Ministries is recommending not a continuation or replacement of a $1 million 
operation such as we had with Today magazine. Instead of that we are asking that 
the church approve $659,500 for what we think will be a comprehensive program 
of communication for the church and geared primarily toward the place where we 
feel the communication is needed most, and that is at the local church level. Thank 
you very much. 

John T. King (Southwest Texas) reported Council recommen- 
dations regarding missional priorities. By way of background 
information he outlined the disciplinary authority and the process 
by which the Council had arrived at its recommendations. 



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In presenting recommendations on the world hunger priority, 
Dr. King cited portions of a report to the General Council on 
Ministries by an Interagency Task Force on World Hunger 
Priority, as printed in an Addendum to the Council's report in the 
Daily Christian Advocate for April 27. 

Dr. King then reported the Council's recommendations related 
to the ethnic minority local church priority. He presented 
background information leading to the Consultation on the 
Ethnic Minority Local Church, which had been authorized by the 
Council and convened by the General Board of Discipleship. 
After outlining the process by which the Consultation's recom- 
mendations had been considered by the Council, Dr. King called 
attention to Resolution I in the Council's report, deaUng with 
actions to be implemented in addressing this priority (see pages 
2087-2088). Reference was made to additional Council actions and 
recommendations dealing with monitoring and evaluating func- 
tions and with strategies and implementation of items in the report 
(see pages 2129-2130). Included in this was the recommendation 
for the creation of a Study Committee of Native American 
Ministries (see page 1805). 

Frieda Spafford (Detroit) moved that the time be extended ten 
minutes to allow a representative from each of the four ethnic 
minorities who had participated in the consultation process to 
speak to the recommendation. The extension of time was voted 
by the Conference. 

George Outen (Staff, General Board of Discipleship) introduced 
the four persons who would speak on behalf of the ethnic 
minorities: Joel Martinez, chairperson of the Committee on 
Strategy and Implementation of the Consultation, for Hispanic 
concerns; Lloyd Wake (California-Nevada), for Asian- Americans; 
Maceo Pembroke (Northern Illinois), representing blacks; and 
Diane Moats (Southern California- Arizona), representing native 
Americans. 

Mr. Martinez: Mr. Chairman, members of the Council of Bishops, delegates, 
fraternal delegates, ethnic minority constituency and other visitors. We rise to 
bring urgent words on behalf of the Asian, Black, Hispanic and Native American 
constituencies in The United Methodist Church. My colleagues and I have been 
delegated to speak by our respective groups and will address the matter of the 
report on the Ethnic Minority Local Church, which is before this General 
Conference for action, in the same manner in which the report was developed, 
written and recommended, that is, by ethnic minority people speaking for 
themselves. 

We call to the attention of this General Conference two central facts and one 
unanimous recommendation. The two central facts: first of all this report 
represents the most comprehensive, sustained and significant inter-ethnic 
development in the history of this denomination. An inter-ethnic coalition of deep 
concern for the survival and strengthening of the ethnic minority local churches 



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has emerged, crystalized and grows stronger with every passing day. We are 
together. 

Number two: the ethnic minority constituencies and leadership understand the 
fate of this report to be inextricably related to the survival and endurance of The 
United Methodist denomination itself. For if this denomination will not live with 
its pronouncements on the inclusive nature of the church, which is the prime and 
ultimate meaning of this priority, then it will not live for the Lord Jesus Christ. 
The issue then is not ethnic minority survival, it is the wholeness, the faithfulness 
and the spirituality of The United Methodist Church as a whole. 

The one unanimous recommendation: every ethnic minority caucus, namely the 
Asian- American Federation of United Methodists, the National American Indian 
Committee, the Black Methodists for Church Renewal, the Hispanic Caucus 
MARCHA, have all endorsed the full funding of $5,000,000 annually in new funds 
for the 1977-80 quadrennium. And further, that this new financing come through 
an increase in the World Service Fund ceiling. 

Never in the history of our interethnic coalitional efforts have expectations 
been higher. Never have we witnessed the full, free and committed support of our 
people in the grass roots, the leadership, and everyone that is concerned and 
related to the priorities. This means that a clearly defined mission priority 
common to all our ethnic groups and a cause for whom each will give full and free 
support has emerged, crystalized and is before the church. We are together. 
Thank you. 

Mr. Wake: Brothers and sisters of The United Methodist Church, a mouse one 
day in quest of food came out and ran face to face with a cat, who was also looking 
for a meal. The mouse began to bark loudly, "Bow-wow, Bow-wow!" The 
frightened cat dashed off, his tail between his legs. A fellow mouse had seen this 
drama from his tiny hole and came out and said, "Wow, I didn't know you could 
bark." The response was, "Well, I've always said it paid to be bilingual." 

As Asians, we have often felt that The United Methodist Church, symbolicaUy 
speaking, has carried out its mission to Asian countries and ministry to Asian 
Americans in one language from one perspective. We feel it is to affirm the value 
of being bilingual, and to affirm the plurahsm that is the rich heritage of our 
beloved United Methodist Church. I am one of the handicapped Asian Americans 
in that I speak only one language — English, but many of my Asian American 
brothers and sisters, both clergy and lay, are bilingual not only in speaking but in 
their sensitivity, in their feelings. They are extremely valuable and the need for 
their leadership is becoming increasingly necessary. 

Why? Because hosts of immigrants from Hong Kong, from Taiwan, Japan, 
Korea and the Philippines are entering the United States at a rapid rate. Many of 
these are from our sister churches in these countries. Many are immigrating 
because they are fearful of the economic, social and political unrest in their 
countries. The heroic services being given by our ministers and lay people to 
these new immigrants must be supported. New clergy leadership must be 
recruited and trained. Many present Asian American clergy are very near 
retirement age. Church development and church extension are a necessity in our 
Asian and other ethnic minority communities. These are generally communities 
vacated or in the process of being vacated by white congregations. Many of the 
buildings need to be upgraded or repaired so that growing ethnic minority 
communities in these areas can be served more adequately. 

These are only a few of the goals being sought by ethnic minority churches. The 
United Methodist Church at this General Conference is being given a great 
opportunity to make our beloved United Methodist Church truly inclusive. 

Mr. Pembroke: Bishop, and members of the Conference, I'm indebted to The 
Methodist Church, for this month I end 35 years in the pastoral ministry in one 



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way or another in the church. And today I speak for an indigenous group who has 
a lovers' quarrel with The United Methodist Church. 

Why? I and some of us have mixed emotions when we know that we are 
indigenous and we see the name of Wesley, Asbury, Albright and Otterbein on 
the board. Lest we forget, Betty, a black woman, was one of the five at the first 
Methodist prayer meeting. And, therefore, we were one-fifth at the beginning. 
We omit Harry Hoosier, whom Bishop Asbury commended highly for his 
evangehstic work in winning Methodists. 

And this brings us to the order of the day, lest the ethnic minorities be omitted 
and be forgotten in spite of the fact that 1976-80 has made us a missional priority. 
You have the studies and the facts and the knowledge, and we call upon this 
General Conference to add love to the knowledge that you have about the money 
of $15 miUion that's needed for one year and $60 million for the quadrennium; with 
$5 million coming from the reordering of priorities of general boards and agencies, 
$5 million from Annual Conferences and $5 million for new money. And we ask 
that this General Conference mandate our 73 Annual Conferences — the body of 
control — to see that this ethnic minority becomes a realistic reality in each of the 
Annual Conferences. And that we in our Annual Conferences become sensitive to 
the needs of ethnic minorities. 

If we fail to put this in the World Service giving, and put it under special 
apportionments or second-mile giving or selective giving, I think Markham has 
said what will happen. You will have drawn a circle to shut the ethnic minorities 
out. 

The Chair noted that the time was exhausted, and it was 
extended by action of the Conference. 

Ms. Moats: I would like to share with you — when Hudson came down the river 
when he first came to rediscover America, they wanted to have a trading post, 
and so they came and they asked the natives, you know, if they could have a little 
bit of land for their trading post. And they said sure that would be fine. The next 
morning they came and they found a huge area because what they had done was 
taken a buffalo skin and said we will use this as the land we want, but they took 
the buffalo skin and turned it on end, from one end to another, into a round circle, 
and the natives laughed and thought it was a good joke. And they would have to 
be more careful the next time. And as we see, they did. 

We have always had a philosophy which is in the two-row wampum. A two-row 
wampum is something you exchange in the flight for barter. One row was for the 
European culture for the identity, for their respect for their government, for the 
people of who they were. The other row was for the native culture, language, 
religions and who they were. And they said in this exchange that when we come 
and live together that we can Uve in peace respecting each other. But because 
they are two-rows they shall not overlap or exchange but a mutual respect. 

In 1924, Native Americans were recognized as citizens of the United States. 
Fifty-two years later in the history of our country and 192 years later in the 
history of our organized church, you as a part of this General Conference are part 
of a historical event for our church. For never before has a Native American stood 
before this General Conference who can vote, and I thank my conference, my 
bishop and my delegation for their support. 

Yet I must share with you my pain when four of my brothers and sisters from 
Mexico and the Caribbean are seated, and I celebrate that joy, while at the same 
time looking at my people from the Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference in 
their pain. Must we proclaim our sovereignty as a people and as a nation before 
we can gain the same kind of recognition before you? Surely you can see why we 
have been calling for a Native American Commission to evaluate and study 



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Native American ministries — their philosophical and social basis which they have 
been dealt in The United Methodist Church. We hope the change in the name that 
came from GCOM — commission to committee — does not mean that this will not be 
referred to the Legislative Committee on Commissions and will not be dealt with 
as such — a commission. 

But we are here before you as ethnics, we come in love, we are united, we ask 
you to share with us in the advocacy. We do not stand before you on one side of an 
issue or alone, but we know that in the brotherhood of the church it is only 
together that we can work toward the good of mankind. With the issue of hunger 
you can show a little child starving and it can deeply cut our heart, but if you have 
not had experience in an ethnic community it is very difficult to understand what 
we mean when you say the crisis in the local ethnic church. And I fear that the 
only way that we can depict this crisis in a local ethnic church so that people could 
understand without being there, would be to show a cross. Because if the local 
ethnic church crisis is not properly funded you are going to see the death of the 
ethnic church in The United Methodist Church. 

Mr. Outen made a brief concluding statement. Dr. King moved 
that all items in the General Council on Ministries Report, both in 
the Advance Edition of the Daily Christian Advocate and in the 
April 27 issue, be referred to the appropriate legislative 
committees. The motion of referral was adopted. 

Council on Finance and Administration (see pages 2000-2055) 

The Chan- recognized Bishop F. Gerald Ensley, president of 
the Council on Finance and Administration, for the report. 
Bishop Ensley introduced Merrill W. Drennan (Baltimore) for 
the presentation. 

Mr. Drennan presented the "Comparative Report of Recom- 
mendations for All Apportioned General Funds" as found in the 
Council's printed report, and then called attention to the 
preliminary calculations of Annual Conference apportionments as 
they would appear if these recommendations were adopted. He 
stressed that the apportionments as printed were for information 
only, and that the official apportionments would be calculated, 
based on the actions of the (Conference, after the Conference's 
adjournment. 

Mr. Drennan then presented the Council's Report No. 1, 
dealing with the World Service Fund (see page 2000). He outUned 
the process followed by the Council in arriving at its recommen- 
dation for the total of this fund for the 1977-80 quadrennium; he 
observed that while the recommended total was only 6.3% larger 
than the present World Service apportionment, it was approxi- 
mately 15% higher than the amount actually paid on World 
Service in 1975. The process of consultation between the Council 
and the General Council on Ministries with respect to program 
agency allocations was then described, and it was noted that the 
two Councils were in agreement on these allocations. Mr. 



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Drennan noted that additional recommendations had been 
received from the General Council on Ministries asking that the 
World Service total be increased, but that the Council on Finance 
and Administration, after considering these recommendations, 
beUeved that the total of $24,980,000 should be maintained. 

Mr. Drennan then presented Report No. 2 (see page 2010), 
dealing with the apportionment formula, and Report No. 9, 
dealing with recommendations for a proposed Ethnic Minority 
Concerns Fund. 

Mr. Drennan: The matter of the Ethnic Minority Local Churches was referred 
to the Council on Finance and Administration after the World Service budget 
process had been observed on which there was mutual agreement. The Council on 
Finance and Administration recognizes the need as reflected in the task force 
report on Ethnic Minority Local Churches and it understands the amount that has 
been referred to the General Council on Finance and Administration. The total of 
the Ethnic Minority Local Church Fund is projected as $15 milHon per year. 
However, the General Council on Ministries has made other recommendations 
concerning $13.5 milhon of that $15 million and referred to our council then the 
$1.5 million of that fund. Coincident with the referral of the Ethnic Minority Local 
Church matter, there came to us on recommendation of GCOM a $500,000 per 
year scholarship fund which is called HANA, standing for assistance to Hispanics, 
Asian Americans and Native Americans. The two items together then become $2 
million. And while the General Council on Ministries requested that this be added 
to the World Service budget, it is the recommendation of the Council on Finance 
and Administration that a new general fund be established to be called the Ethnic 
Minority Concerns Fund. 

Mr. Drennan introduced John W. Curry, Sr. (South CaroHna) 
for the next presentation. Dr. Curry presented the Council's 
Report No. 3 (see page 2012), dealing with the Episcopal Fund. 

Recess 

Bishop Alton made an announcement, following which the 
Conference was in recess for fifteen minutes. At the conclusion of 
the recess Carlton Young led in the singing of a hymn. 

Committee on Agenda 

Douglas Verdin (New York) outlined revisions in the agenda 
which would allow completion of all of the reports scheduled for 
the afternoon session. 

Council on Finance and Administration (Report Resumed) 

Bishop H. Ellis Finger, Nashville Area, presented the 
Council's report dealing with the Ministerial Education Fund (see 
page 2020). 

Bishop Finger: Mr. Chairman and members of the General Conference, the 
Council is recommending two substantive changes in the Ministerial Education 



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Fund. One relates to the percentage used to compute the apportionments to the 
Annual Conferences. It has been 2 percent which would have yielded $10 million 
had it been paid in full. The new percentage is 1.75 percent. It is projected that 
this will yield $11 million plus. 

The second change of substance has to do with the year on which the 
percentage is figured. In the quadrennium just closing, it was fixed at the $10 
million dollar level. In the new quadrennium the recommendation is that the 1.75 
percent be figured on the basis of the latest figures available for a given year, 
which would mean with increased giving across the church, the amount of the 
apportionment for the Ministerial Education Fund would be increased by that 
amount. 

Paul Webb, Jr. (North Georgia) presented Report No. 5, 
dealing with theTemporary General Aid Fund (see page 2023). He 
summarized the historical background which led to the creation 
of the fund and then presented the recommendations for the 
1977-1980 quadrennium. 

Recommendations related to the General Administration 
Fund, Report No. 6 (see page 2025), were presented by James A. 
Crippen, who gave brief explanations of selected line items in the 
proposed fund budget. Council recommendations for the Inter- 
denominational Cooperation Fund, Report No. 7 (see page 2028), 
were introduced by Barbara Stauss. She noted changes in line 
items included in the fund which resulted from 1972 General 
Conference actions in restructuring the general agencies. 

Marjorie Mann (North Carolina) presented Report No. 8, the 
Black College Fund (see page 2030), noting that the recommended 
amount was the same as for the current quadrennium. 

Bishop Paul W. Milhouse, Oklahoma Area, called attention to 
the Council's recommendations related to Special Days as found 
in Report No. 10 (see page 2033) and to the Council's 
recommended legislation dealing with Special Days (see pages 
1740-1744). 

Bishop Milhouse also announced that the amount of the 
offering taken on April 27 for World Hunger was $5,396.78, and 
that $25.00 additional had come in later. 

Merrill Drennan made a brief concluding statement and 
moved reference of the reports to the appropriate legislative 
committees. The motion to refer was adopted. 

The United Methodist Church and the Charismatic 
Movement — ^Report 

The Chair recognized Bishop W. Kenneth Goodson, president 
of the General Board of Discipleship, for presentation of the 
report. 

Bishop Goodson: Mr. Chairman, though it is not on the agenda this hour, my 
real desire would be to bring you a report of the quadrennial life of your newest 
major board, the Board of Discipleship. It would be a thrilling report of a new 



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entity struggling to become, and finally at long last becoming, and now is one of 
the really great stories of structural development in the life of our church. 

But I will not do this today for it is not my task. I will address myself to the 
agenda. But I wish you knew the exciting story of the development of the Board 
of Discipleship. The General Conference of our church, meeting in Atlanta, 
Georgia, in April-May of 1972, acting out of deep concern and great interest, 
directed the newly formed Board of Discipleship to make two studies during this 
quadrennium and to report the result of these studies to this session of the 
General Conference. 

These two studies had to do with: No. 1, The United Methodist Church and the 
Charismatic Movement; No. 2, A Study of the Decline in Church Membership. 
We are now ready to report our stewardship and the results of our study. Let me 
say to you that we present these reports proudly by members of the staff of the 
Board of Discipleship, but they are not staff papers. They have been discussed 
and processed every conceivable way by the membership of the board, and 
through that membership they have been exposed and discussed, written and 
revmtten, and finally presented to you by the Board of Discipleship. 

Bishop Goodson introduced others who would participate in 
this and the succeeding report for the Board of Discipleship as 
follows:/? OSS £". Whetstone and Warren Hartman, staff members 
of the board, and Melvin G. Talbert (Southern California- 
Arizona), General Secretary. 

Mr. Whetstone presented the printed report entitled 
"GUIDELINES: The United Methodist Church and the Charis- 
matic Movement" (see page 1989). 

Study of Membership Trends — ^Report 

Warren J. Hartman: Bishop Reams, Bishop Goodson, members and friends of 
the General Conference, any analysis of church membership trends must be 
placed in some kind of perspective. 

When analyzing trends and developments, the social scientists frequently 
speak of about three major kinds of indicators. There are those indicators which 
precede major developments. They may or may not be the cause of the 
developments, but in terms of time they are usually the harbingers of other 
trends and other developments which can be expected to follow. 

The second indicators are those which accompany or are contingent with major 
developments and trends, and if a phenomenon is noticeable, then we can look for 
and expect to find certain other contingent factors accompanying those 
conditions. And the third group of indicators are those lagging indicators which 
follow after and are often the result of previous trends which may have been 
developing over an extended period of time. 

In a study of church membership trends, we actually have to take all of the 
different kinds of trends into account, and indicators into account, but in many 
cases the current decline in church membership is actually a lagging indicator. 

Church membership decline in The United Methodist Church could probably 
have been predicted as much as 15 or more years ago on the basis of trends and 
developments which were then beginning to emerge elsewhere in the life of the 
church long before the decline of church membership was reported in 1964. 

The late 1940's and the 50's, when the Church was enjoying some of its most 
rapid growth and expansion, there were some signs then that decline was 
beginning to appear, but we weren't particularly concerned about them; we 



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weren't concerned about the decelerated rate of growth in the Church, and 
especially in the church school, nor in some of the other trends. We tended to 
explain them by noting changes in the record keeping procedures, or in changing 
concepts in the mission of the Church, or by reminding ourselves that we were not 
going to be directed or victimized by an emphasis on numbers and statistics and 
all of those kinds of records. We pointed out that church membership and financial 
support was continuing to increase, and therefore these were ample proof that the 
Church was robust and healthy and growing. 

But we failed to realize that the rapid growth of the late 50's and the early 60's 
was due in large measure to a number of factors which had produced a momentum 
that by that time was losing its influence and power, and when the Evangelical 
United Brethren Church and The Methodist Church united in 1968, we were 
already in the fourth year of church membership decline. 

Dr. Hartman proceeded to present material from the printed 
report, outlining the background leading to the study, trends in 
membership receptions and removals, trends in areas of the 
church's life other than membership which appear to lead 
membership trends, the influence of personal and societal factors 
on church membership, and recommendations for action (see 
page 2056). 

Time Extended 

The Chair noted that the time set by the Conference for 
adjournment had arrived. A motion to extend the time was 
adopted. 

Report Resumed 

Bishop Goodson: Thank you, sir. When The United Methodist Church came 
into being eight years ago, we all had an exciting new vision of a new church 
which would have an ever-expanding ministry in a new world. We talked about it 
under a quadrennial theme — "A New Church For A New World." We have 
witnessed the fulfillment of many dimensions of that vision. We have had some 
victories and they have challenged us to seek some more. 

There is one area, however, in which we have been far fi'om satisfied. In fact, 
many of us are deeply concerned about the steady decline in church membership. 
The effects of that declining membership have been noticeable in a number of 
ways. We have fewer persons in our worship services, far fewer people in our 
church schools. The number of persons who have professed their faith in Christ 
and united with the church have been almost cut in half. We have begun to be 
comfortable in our losses, and we have rationalized them away. That comfort is a 
disaster to the life of the church. Many members in our local church are becoming 
alarmed as they become aware of the erosion that is taking place. 

Is it possible that some of us are losing parts of the vision which brought our 
new church into being? When people lose their vision of the future, they are 
inclined to concentrate on the glories of the past and the pains of the present. 
Members and staff of the Board of Discipleship believe that it is time to recreate 
those missing parts of that vision through a renewed emphasis on ministries of 
outreach and nurture and growth. In more common terms, we are talking about 
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We believe those are some of the important things that a local church can do. 
We believe it to be imperative for a local church not only to survive 
institutionally, but to be in mission and ministry which is the reason for being. 

It is out of that conviction that the Board of Discipleship has responded to your 
mandate and is now offering to The United Methodist Church two very exciting 
emphases. We are calling them: A Comprehensive Program of Evangelism and 
Decision Point: Church School. You have a folder on your desk which contains a 
brief description of each of these emphases. I'm not going to repeat a lot of 
information which is in those booklets but I do want to tell you some things about 
these emphases. 

Both of the emphases affirm the importance of the ministry of our local 
churches. If it doesn't happen back home in the local church, it isn't Ukely to 
happen anywhere else. If good things are going to happen in The United 
Methodist Church, then they must begin there. Both emphases are designed to be 
used in the local church. There are a number of things in each of them which can 
be done by every local church regardless of their size or their circumstances. Both 
programs are structured — we seem to work well that way — yet they are 
open-ended so that every local church can adapt the program and do those things 
which they feel, which are most appropriate to their own position and to their own 
situation. 

The programs are designed to have a built-in accumulative effect that pastors 
and local church leaders are encouraged to determine their own schedule, and 
where they will place their strongest emphasis. While there are two separate 
emphases, a Comprehensive Program of Evangelism and Decision Point: Church 
School, they have been developed cooperatively and are closely interrelated to 
the necessity of this hour and to the mandate about membership that you gave us 
when we met in Atlanta. They share some common emphasis and they 
complement and support each other in their other emphasis. Both emphases are 
based heavily upon findings of the Study of the Local Church Membership Trends 
and other research concerning the church and its programs. A number of program 
implications growing out of those studies will be included in the guidance 
resources. 

There will be a number of new guidance resources which will give practical, 
down-to-earth, challenging suggestions about ways to carry out the program in 
every local church. Most of the resources are ab-eady in various stages of 
preparation and development. Some of them will be ready for your use before this 
year ends. All of this will be a part of your assignment to us concerning 
membership trends. 

I want to say a brief word to you about each program. A Comprehensive Plan 
for Evangelism is really a strategic plan helping every local church to become a 
functioning center for a continuing evangelistic ministry. The emphasis is based 
on the assumption, and be glory it better be, that the evangelistic ministry is at 
the heart of the ministry of every local church. Evangelism is not an option, 
evangeUsm is an imperative; we are under orders. 

You probably read, or you have at least glanced over the descriptive booklet 
about it, but just let me call your attention to the three Ufe streams which have 
been identified. The major emphasis is on the outreach of the Church to persons 
who are not now a part of the Church, the body of Christ, and to those members of 
the Church who are in it but not in it, who are not very active. This is an active 
emphasis on conversion and Christian experience which expresses itself in a 
number of ways including active participation in the local church. The other two 
streams support that main emphasis. The second life stream, growth in 
discipleship, recognizes the critical importance of study and learning about the 
Christian faith, especially in the church school, but also in other settings in the life 
of the church. The third life stream emphasizes the development of a supportive 



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community in which a person experiences koinonia of fellowship with others in a 
community of Christian love and understanding. 

You also have before you a description of the program known as Decision Point: 
Church School. I want to call your attention to several parts of that emphasis. 
Decision Point: Church School is based on the conviction that we are under a 
divine mandate to help each generation learn about the Christian faith and life. 
We have an obligation to nurture the Christian growth and the development of 
every child, every young person, every adult so that they might be disciples of 
our Lord at every stage of their life. 

We have a responsibility for teaching each Christian what they must know and 
the skills they must have in order to function responsibly as Christians in the 
world and as leaders in the church. If you mark off, or de-emphasize the Church 
School, indeed the Sunday School, you will be doing it at your own and your 
denomination's peril. In the United Methodist Church, we have an organized 
church school in practically every local church to work at the task. Think of it, 
forty thousand church schools. But they need help, they need aU that they can 
get. We all acknowledge that, we all admit it, and Decision Point: Church School 
is designed to provide that help. 

It is soundly based on three major research studies and focuses on the work of 
those persons who hold the key to church school success or to church school 
failure — namely the pastors, the teachers, the parents, the work area chairper- 
sons and the Sunday school superintendents. 

Because of what happens in the church school eventually affects the whole 
church, we believe that Decision Point: Church School is imperative for us. Both 
of these emphases are involved in a number of conference and district leaders in 
their development as well as members of the Board of Discipleship. Plans are 
under way to continue working very closely with them in the further development 
of this program. We firmly believe that these two emphases which are related to 
the very heart of our ministry in the local church could help to recreate those 
missing parts of the vision which aU of us have for The United Methodist Church. 

We're not only offering them to you, we are also inviting you to seriously 
consider ways to implement them in your Annual Conferences, and in your 
districts and in your local church. May I have one final word? The emphases are 
good, the programs and the papers that have been laid on your desk like 
Membership Trends represent long hours of research and study and have been 
done with the technical skill that is remarkable and amazing. They have in their 
development some of the finest research, some of the finest scholarship that is 
available in the life of the church today. This they shall continue to receive until 
they are finally perfected and distributed throughout the church. Evangelism is 
not, hear me, evangelism is not a lost word in the church's vocabulary, but an 
exciting new call to the church to care, to seek out, to find, to enlist, to chaUenge, 
to train and to nurture those who know not yet the full joy of following the Lord 
Jesus Christ. 

We believe, indeed we know, that there are new signs of life and renewal 
beginning to emerge and surface in the Sunday school and in the church school 
and in that movement all across this land. We call upon the church, indeed with a 
loud trumpet we call upon the church, to be a part — a creative and innovative 
part — of a new church school emphasis throughout all of United Methodism. 
Renewal, even revival, is possible in the church school movement; indeed, it is 
already beginning to happen. This, Mr. Chairman and friends of the Conference, 
is our answer to your mandate. 

Melvin G. Talbert (Southern California- Arizona) moved that 
both reports, "GUIDELINES: The United Methodist Church 
and the Charismatic Movement" and "A Study of Membership 



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Trends in The United Methodist Church, 1949-1975," be received 
and referred by the Reference Committee to the appropriate 
legislative committees for necessary action and response. The 
motion of referral was adopted. 

Mr. Talbert called attention to an additional report which had 
been distributed to delegates, entitled "A Report of the Study of 
Black Pastors and Churches in The United Methodist Church." 
Although it was not a part of the study just presented, Mr. 
Talbert suggested that it would be supplemental data that would 
be helpful and moved that it also be referred by the Reference 
Committee to an appropriate legislative committee. The Chair 
indicated that these items would be referred under the Rules of 
the Conference without the need for a vote by the Conference. 

Procedural Motion 

Joe Pevahouse (Memphis) moved that in future General 
Conferences all reports that have been printed and mailed to the 
delegates be referred directly to the proper legislative commit- 
tees without verbal presentation. The Chair stated that this 
motion would have to be referred to the Committee on Plan of 
Organization and Rules of Order. Mr. Pevahouse spoke in 
support of the motion, and the Chair indicated that it was 
referred to the Committee. 

Committee on Agenda 

Douglas Verdin (New York), chairman of the Committee, 
informed the Conference that the matter of nominations for 
Judicial Council members would be on the next morning's 
agenda. He outlined the procedure to be followed and gave 
additional information about the Committee's plans for the 
remainder of the week. 

Concluding Business 

Miriam Isaacs (New York) made an announcement. Joe 
Pevahouse (Memphis) inquired as to the parliamentary status of 
his motion, inasmuch as the Conference had not voted referral of 
it. The Chair called for a vote, and the motion was referred to the 
Committee on Plan of Organization and Rules of Order. 

There were additional announcements by the Chair and by J. 
B. Holt (Secretary). Bishop Keams expressed appreciation for 
the privilege of presiding and thanked Bishop L. Scott Allen and 
Bishop Ralph Alton for assisting him. 

Bishop Eric Mitchell, Delhi Area, pronounced the benediction, 
and the session was adjourned. 



THIRD DAY, THURSDAY, APRIL 29, 1976 
MORNING SESSION 

Opening — ^Bishop Paul W. Milhouse 

I*ursuant to adjournment, the General Conference of The 
United Methodist Church convened in the morning session of the 
third day, Thursday, April 29, 1976, at 8:30 a.m. in the Memorial 
Coliseum, Portland, Oregon, with Bishop Paul W. Milhouse, 
Oklahoma Area, presiding. 

Devotional Service 

The Organ Prelude was followed by the singing of the hymn, 
"Ask Ye What Great Thing I Know." Deuteronomy 6:10-13 was 
read by the Uturgist, G. Ross Freeman (South Georgia), followed 
by a prayer. Choral selections were presented by the Willamette 
University Choir, Salem, Oregon, Walter H. Farrier, Director. 
Bishop William R. Cannon, Atlanta Area, preached the devo- 
tional sermon, entitled "The Place of The United Methodist 
Church in the Total Christian Heritage" (see page 765). 

Business Session 

Bishop Milhouse called the business session to order, and 
Carlton Young led in the singing of a hymn. 

Committee on Agenda 

Willie B. Clay (Northern IlUnois) presented the Committee 
report. He asked that the agenda as printed in the Daily 
Christian Advocate be adopted. The agenda was approved by 
vote of the Conference. 

Committee on Courtesies and Privileges 

Helen Fannings (Northern lUinois), chairwoman of the Com- 
mittee, introduced the other officers and stated that the 
Committee was ready to consider requests from members of the 
Conference. She asked that W. Roland Walker (Virginia) be 
recognized for a matter of privilege at a time later in the morning 
session. The recommendation was approved by the Conference. 

Committee on Presiding Officers 

Jameson Jones (Rocky Mountain), chairman of the Committee, 
announced the selection of Bishop Joel McDavid, Florida Area, as 
presiding officer for the Friday morning session and Bishop L. 
Scott Allen, Holston Area, for the Saturday morning session. 

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Judicial Council Nominations 

The Chair outlined the procedure that would be followed in 
placing names in nomination for membership on the Judicial 
Council and called on Bishop Ralph Alton for nominations from 
the Council of Bishops. Bishop Alton reported that the Council of 
Bishops, in accordance with Par. 1501, was nominating the 
following persons: 
Ministers:. 

Alvin J. Lindgren, North Central Jurisdiction 

Richard Hamilton, North Central Jurisdiction 

Paul A. Duffey, Southeastern Jurisdiction 

G. Eliot Jones, Southeastern Jurisdiction 

Robert L. Close, Northeastern Jurisdiction 

Raymond Balcomb, Western Jurisdiction 

William Persons, Western Jurisdiction 

Gene E. Sease, Northeastern Jurisdiction 

Clifford Trotter, South Central Jurisdiction 

Lay persons: 
Mrs. Kathryn Grove, Northeastern Jurisdiction 
Walter Douglas, North Central Jurisdiction 
James DolUver, Western Jurisdiction 
Paul Webb, Jr., Southeastern Jurisdiction 
Thomas Reavley, South Central Jurisdiction 
Julia Gibson, Liberia 

The chair called for nominations from the floor. Lyle Chris- 
tianson (Minnesota) nominated Leonard Slutz (West Ohio). 
Lester L. Moore (Iowa) nominated Paul V. Shearer (Iowa). 
Richard W. Harrington (Western New York) nominated 
Ehzabeth B. Gundlach (Western New York). Balbino E. Gatdula, 
Jr. (Philippines) nominated Crisolito Pascual (Philippines). Clare 
J. Hayes (Kansas East) nominated John E. Stumbo (Kansas 
East). Sydney H. Atkinson (New York) nominated Douglas F. 
Verdin (New York). Billy M. Stames (Tennessee) nominated 
Roy C. Clark (Tennessee). John W. Russell (Oklahoma) 
nominated Wayne Coffin (Oklahoma). W. T. Handy, Jr. 
(Louisiana) nominated Charles B. Copher (North Georgia). Oscar 
0. Garza, IV (Rio Grande) nominated Daniel Garcia (Rio 
Grande). Clarence M. Winchester (Western North Carolina) 
nominated R. Herman Nicholson (Western North Carolina). 
John J. Thomas (South Indiana) nominated Basil Lorch, Jr. 
(South Indiana). 

Rodolfo C. Beltran (Middle Philippines) moved to close the 
nominations, but the Chair ruled that the motion was not in 
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Gregorio R. Bailen (Northwest Philippines) nominated 
Rodolfo Beltran (Philippines). Barbara Thompson (Baltimore) 
nominated Susan Spruce (Southwest Texas). There being no 
further nominations, the Chair declared the nominations closed. 

Helen Fannings (Northern Illinois) gave instructions regard- 
ing the biographical sketches which were to be given to the 
Committee on Courtesies and Privileges for each nominee. 
Thomas L. Cromwell (East Ohio) moved that a time for the 
election of Judicial Council members be set as a part of the 
agenda for the Saturday morning session. The motion was 
adopted. 

Update on Doctrinal Statement 

The Chair recognized Bishop William R. Cannon, Atlanta 
Area, for presentation of the report. 

Bishop Cannon: The last General Conference set up a special commission to 
edit documents relative to our Methodist Theology and History, and that was 
done and it is in three parts. 

The first part deals with our ecumenical heritage. We have doctrines that we 
hold in common with the other major denominations of Christians, and these are 
far more numerous and more important than any other, and we fail to see that 
unless we look at some of these documents, and they are in the book together with 
a brief statement putting them in context. 

The next section deals with our own heritage: Evangelical United Brethren 
heritage, the Methodist heritage, the Wesleyan heritage. Because we are a 
denomination and what caused us to be what we are, and these have been 
arranged and explained. Then the last section, I don't know whether you will like 
it or not, it is an innovation, but we feel that theology is not a dead issue. It is 
something that goes on all the time, and we are urged as the guidelines stated 
from the original doctrinal Commission to continue to think theologically, and so 
we have given some contemporary documents and patterns of worship, and also 
urge the congregations to think about these. 

Now the Council of Bishops will promote this as a special study. Bishop Roy 
Nichols and his teaching section of the Council of Bishops has ah*eady brought in 
that recommendation, and it was adopted by the Council. And if you could urge it 
to be done, too, it would help a lot. I know it would cheer Ewart Watts' heart and 
Harold Fair. We are indebted to Harold Fair as the staff person who succeeded 
David Randolph in this work, and prepared it very carefully so that it can be used 
in the churches. And this is under the general direction of Dr. Ewart Watts, so 
Dr. Watts and Dr. Fair will lift the book before you. That's our work; it doesn't 
need to be referred anywhere, it's over, finished, completed! And, that's it, they'll 
show the book. Thank you very much. 

Ewart G. Watts (Editor, Church School Publications): The Section on 
Curriculum Resources and United Methodist Publishing House have certainly 
been glad to work with Council of Bishops in the editing and publishing of this 
important book entitled God's Action: Our Affirmation. We do believe that our 
established channels for getting study materials into local churches is the best 
way to reach the largest number of individual church members. 

For instance, the other book commissioned by the 1972 General Conference, 
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sold 110,000 copies. We feel sure that this second church-wide study book will also 
touch the lives of thousands in our local churches and even beyond. I think I 
should say that we look forward to similar assignments from the General 
Conference in the future as they seek to involve local church members in 
important studies. I believe I should also mention that we have followed your 
directive in preparing study guides for the Doctrinal Statement and also for the 
Social Principles Statement, which you instructed us to do at your last session, 
and we had a good response on all of these. We thank you for this opportunity and 
look forward to serving you in other ways in the future. Thank you. 

Presentation of Special Gavel 

The Chair recognized Bishop W. Ralph Ward, New York Area, 
for a presentation. 

Bishop Ward: Bishop Milhouse, members of General Conference and guests, I 
would like to ask Bishop Kenneth Goodson to come and join us here at the desk for 
just a moment. He may not be able to walk back alone but I think he can make it 
down here alone. Dear friends, it gives me a great deal of pleasure to stand here 
for a moment in this time that has been granted to us by the Committee on 
Courtesies as members of the Council of Bishops to share with you the passing of 
the gavel from one administrative moment in this Council to another. 

First, just a word about the Council of Bishops would be appropriate to say 
here. And that is, that it has a disciplinary and functional role in the life of the 
church which we try to fulfiU with a sense of responsibility, and also out of the 
feeling of expectancies which you have for your episcopal leaders across the 
church. It is also fair for us to say that in the Council of Bishops there is not only 
this traditional well-established functional and disciplinary role which we have, 
but also the Council of Bishops has something of family relationship for us who are 
in the episcopacy. 

For in the Council, we are able to share together our anxieties, and our joys and 
our hopes. And there is a rich feeling of family fellowship there. With our spouses, 
we are able to have moments of rich fellowship and worship and prayer as well as 
real humor, genuine life together. For this we are grateful to the church which 
makes this possible for us and to each one of you. 

We in the Council of Bishops who have the presiding role for a brief period of 
time realize that the great work of the Council is carried on under the able 
administration and leadership of the secretary. And I, along with other Bishops, 
want to express here publicly the deep regard that we have for the support and 
stewardship that our secretary. Bishop Ralph Alton, extends and gives to us 
constantly as we do our work. We are grateful for this and could not function at all 
without him. I might just say that in the Council of Bishops, contrary to what you 
might think out there, there is a very informal process that goes forward in the 
Council of Bishops. We are very permissive and very open. It's a bit hard at times 
to bring things back together again but once in a while we can get a few things 
done. 

We have in the Council a rich way of letting everyone speak his o\m mind about 
as long as he wants to, and you can imagine for that reason once in a while it takes 
a bit longer to get some things done than ordinarily we would like to do. But this 
says something about the leveling peership and the feeling of love and affection 
which exists between the Bishops and the church as they meet in the activities 
and in the services of the Council. 

I want to thank my colleagues for their gracious support and encouragement 
over this recent year. I was more surprised than anyone else to be elected. But I 
was never so much surprised at the good will and support that I have been given 



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throughout all these months, and in this period of time in which I have had this 
opportunity of leadership. And now it is my very great privilege to turn over to 
my duly elected successor, this office of the president of the Council of Bishops for 
the period which lies just ahead. Somewhere, Bishop Goodson, on the Richter 
scale this ladder of being the president of the Council of Bishops stands in 
reputation somewhere between the excitement of being Miss America and the 
anxiety of being Pope for a day. 

But I here now have the privilege to present to you, Sir, the gavel which is the 
symbol of the administrative role of your office. And if you will permit me to 
extend to you this cross which I have had the privilege of wearing as given to me 
when I came to this office, you may or may not choose to wear over a long period 
of time. But certainly now out of my own heart and affection for you. Sir, I give 
this to you. This Bishop will preside over this Conference with dignity, with 
humor and with a zeal for the warm heart which will encourage us and lead us all 
to greater things in our United Methodism. God bless you again. 

Bishop W. Kenneth Goodson, Richmond Area, expressed 
appreciation to the members of the Council of Bishops for the 
honor accorded in selecting him as the new president of the 
Council. Noting that Bishop Ralph Alton had asked to be relieved 
of his responsibilities as Secretary of the Council, he asked that 
the Conference recognize his service in that office. Bishop Alton 
was accorded a standing ovation by the Conference. 

Bishop Goodson also presented the new Secretary of the 
Council, Bishop James K. Mathews, Washington Area, and the 
new President-Designate, Bishop Paul W. Milhouse, Oklahoma 
Area. 

W. Roland Walker (Virginia): Bishop Milhouse, members of the Conference, I 
would like to make a statement for the Virginia Conference delegation, to say to 
you that this is a moment of genuine pride for the United Methodists of the 
Virginia Conference. Bishop and Mrs. Goodson have been in Virginia for a short 
four years, but yet through that period of time they have won the deep love and 
affection of almost 400,000 United Methodists in our conference. We have been 
inspired and blessed by their lives among us, their ministry has been 
characterized by pastoral passion and Christian servanthood. When Bishop 
Goodson came to Virginia, he hit the ground running and he hasn't stopped 
running. He continues to go constantly to all of the 18 districts of our conference. 
He has visited many times in the smallest churches on the circuit and to the 
largest urban parishes. Their faithfulness was recognized at our last Annual 
Conference in his being given the Circuit Rider of the Year Award for it. He has 
been truly out among us and we are thankful. Bishop Goodson has been that 
which we believe a bishop ought to be, the chief teaching and witnessing elder, 
embodying in himself the nature and mission of the church as a servant of God and 
persons in our midst. For this we thank God and we thank The United Methodist 
Church. We congratulate the bishops of our church for their deep perception and 
good judgment in electing Bishop W. Kenneth Goodson as President of the 
Council of Bishops. Thank you. 

Richard S. Parker (New York), on behalf of the New York 
Conference delegation, asked delegates to join in expressing 
appreciation for the service rendered the whole church by Bishop 



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Ward during his tenure as president of the Council of Bishops. 
Vivian P. Overton (New York) stated that, as a lay delegate, she 
wished to affirm Mr. Parker's statement. She also asked that the 
greetings of the Conference be sent to Bishop and Mrs. Lloyd C. 
Wicke, who had been detained by a small accident to Mrs. Wicke 
on their way to the Conference. 

Announcements 

/. B. Holt (Secretary), Bishop Ralph Alton, and Charles White 
(Assistant Secretary) made announcements. 

Hector Navas (Florida) expressed appreciation on behalf of the 
Hispanic Caucus and Hispanic delegates for the Spanish language 
hymnals which had been provided. He asked that any delegates 
not wishing to keep their Spanish hymnals turn them in as a gift 
to the Methodist Church of Mexico and announced that the 
Louisiana Conference had offered to defray the expenses of 
transporting the hymnals to Mexico. 

Oscar Garza, IV (Rio Grande), as a matter of high privilege, 
asked the Conference to show its support of voting rights for the 
Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference by standing. 

Lloyd K. Wake (California-Nevada) made an announcement. 

Motion to Suspend Rules 

William 0. Walker (Oregon-Idaho) moved to suspend the rules 
to allow an immediate vote on the question of voting rights for 
delegates from the Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference. 
Thomas L. Cromwell (East Ohio) noted that there was a 
proposed constitutional amendment deaUng with this under 
consideration by a legislative committee. The Chair ruled the 
motion out of order. 

Adjournment 

Willie B. Clay (Northern IlUnois) moved that, in accordance 
with the agenda, the plenary session be adjourned to legislative 
committee meetings. The motion was adopted. 



FOURTH DAY, FRIDAY, APRIL 30, 1976 
MORNING SESSION 

Opening — Bishop Joel B. McDavid 

Pursuant to adjournment, the General Conference of The 
United Methodist Church convened in the morning session of the 
fourth day, Friday, April 30, 1976, at 8:30 a.m. in the Memorial 
Coliseum, Portland, Oregon, with Bishop Joel B. McDavid, 
Florida Area, presiding. 

Devotional Service 

Following the Organ Prelude, the hymn "And Are We Yet 
Alive" was sung. The Conference joined in a Collect from The 
Doctrines and Discipline of The Methodist Episcopal Church, 
1813, p. 108. Choral selections were presented by "The Second 
Touch," First United Methodist Church, Boise, Idaho, Wayne 
Richmond, Director. Bishop Don W. Holter, Nebraska Area, 
brought the devotional sermon, "Publish Your Message in the 
Open Face of the Sun" (see page 770). The service was 
concluded with the singing of "A Charge To Keep, I Have," 
followed by the benediction. 

Committee on Agenda 

After an announcement by J. B. Holt (Secretary), Yvonne 
Ferris (Nebraska) reported for the Committee on Agenda. She 
moved the adoption of the agenda as printed, and it was 
approved. She outlined the agenda for the Saturday morning 
session as planned by the Committee. 

Matter of Privilege 

Sydney Atkinson (New York) referred to the fact that the 
biographical sketch of Judicial Council nominee Douglas Verdin 
(New York) did not appear in today's Daily Christian Advocate 
and moved that the sketch be printed in the Saturday issue, in 
order that it could be voted on along with the others at the 
Saturday morning session. Roger Burgess (Editor, Daily 
Christian Advocate) stated that there were others which had not 
reached the Daily Christian Advocate in time for this edition, 
and that they were working with the Committee on Courtesies 
and Privileges to try to get the remaining sketches printed in the 
Saturday edition. 

Gloster Current (New York) moved that, in view of the 
omissions and the great importance of the election, the balloting 

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be postponed until Monday. Helen Fannings (Northern Illinois) 
reported that the Committee on Courtesies and Privileges had 
made every attempt to secure all of the sketches in time to be 
printed, but that if there were some which had been overlooked, 
the Committee apologized and would be happy to work with 
those who had been omitted. 

Thomas L. Cromwell (East Ohio) opposed the motion to delay 
the balloting until Monday. Mr. Current's motion to delay was 
put to a vote and was defeated. 

The Chair inquired of Mr. Atkinson whether it was the intent 
of his motion that the rules be suspended in order to permit the 
balloting to begin on Saturday, and Mr. Atkinson stated that it 
was. Richard 0. Truitt (Wisconsin) objected that it was unfair to 
proceed with the election as scheduled in view of the fact that 
some of the sketches, even though they had been submitted on 
time, were not printed in today's Daily Christian Advocate. 
Roger Burgess clarified his earlier statement, stating that in the 
case of Alvin Lindgren, the sketch had been submitted on time 
but was inadvertently omitted from the printing. 

The motion to suspend the rules in order for the balloting to 
begin on Saturday as scheduled was adopted. 

Recognition of Seminarians 

Gordon G. Thompson (North Georgia) called attention to the 
fact that a large group of seminarians was visiting the General 
Conference. He said that it was his wish that representatives of 
the seminarians could be seated with voice in the Conference, but 
that he had been informed by the presiding officer and the 
parliamentarian that this was not possible. He asked that the 
Conference recognize their presence by asking them to stand and 
greet them with applause, and it was done. 

Matter of Privilege 

Irving A. Marsland, Jr. (New York) rose to a point of 
privilege for the purpose of presenting a resolution. 

Mr. Marsland: "Recognizing the need for a constitutional amendment to give 
permanent voting rights to the officially elected delegates of the Indian 
Missionary Conference, we hereby affirm our support of and solidarity with their 
expressed desire for recognition in this Conference and look forward to the 
constitutional action that will make them fully participating members of the 
General Conference of The United Methodist Church." I move its adoption. 

The Chair ruled that, since this matter was being considered by a 
legislative committee, it would not be in order for the Conference 
to act on the resolution at this time but only to refer it to the 
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Parliamentary Inquiry 

William W. Reid, Jr. (Wyoming) asked for clarification on the 
Chair's explanation of the earlier vote on the scheduling of the 
Judicial Council elections. He stated that he had understood the 
vote to be in favor of a delay until Monday. The Chair explained 
that it was his understanding that the vote was to proceed with 
the elections on Saturday. Sensing the agreement of the 
Conference, the Chair affirmed the earlier ruUng that the 
Conference had voted to suspend the rules in order to permit the 
election to begin on Saturday, even though some of the 
biographical sketches would not be published until Saturday 
morning. 

Announcements 

Announcements were made by Ewing T. Wayland (Council on 
Finance and Administration) and J. B. Holt (Secretary). 

Legislative Committee Session 

In accordance with the agenda, the plenary session was 
adjourned in favor of legislative committee sessions until the time 
set for an Order of the Day. 

Presentation of Fraternal Delegates 

Bishop McDavid reconvened the morning plenary session of 
the Conference at 11:30 a.m. and recognized Paul A. Duffey 
(Alabama- West Florida), chairman of the Committee on Frater- 
nal Delegates. Carlton Young led in the singing of the hymn, "In 
Christ There Is No East or West." 

Mr. Duffey introduced Alfred L. Norris (Louisiana), vice- 
chairman of the Committee, who, in turn introduced Irving L. 
Smith, chairman of the Subcommittee on Fraternal Delegates of 
the Commission on the General Conference. Mr. Smith intro- 
duced the fraternal delegates to the Conference as follows: 
Phillip R. Cousin, Durham, North Carolina, African Methodist 

Episcopal Church 
K. Melvin Taylor, Los Angeles, California, African Methodist 

Episcopal Church, Zion 
Robert G. Torbet, Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, American 

Baptist Church 
Bishop James W. Malone, Youngstown, Ohio, Roman Catholic 

Church 
Bishop Norris S. Curry, Los Angeles, California, Christian 

Methodist Episcopal (Ilhurch 
Richard Spangler, Portland, Oregon, Christian Church (Disci- 
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Mrs. Jean Jackson, Lake Oswego, Oregon, Episcopal Church 
A. G. Fjellman, Seattle, Washington, Lutheran Church in 

America 
Clarence J. Davis, Jr., Santa Monica, California, National 

Baptist Convention, U.S.A. 
Claire Randall, New York, New York, National Council of 

Churches of Christ in the U.S.A. 
Lawrence Bottoms, Atlanta, Georgia, Presbyterian Church in 

the U.S. 
Dorothy Kissinger, Mesa, Arizona, United Presbyterian 

Church in the U.S.A. 
Ruben H. Huennemann, Portland, Oregon, United Church of 

Christ 
Bishop Percival R. Henkelman, Downey, California, Moravian 
Church in America 
Mr. Smith reported that two fraternal delegates had been 
scheduled to be present for this session but were unable to do so: 
Father Anthony Scott, Portland, Oregon, Antiochian Orthodox 
Christian Church, and Dr. Gene Garrison, Oklahoma City, 
Oklahoma, Southern Baptist Convention. He explained that Dr. 
Garrison had been scheduled to address the Conference on behalf 
of the fraternal delegates, but that his plane had been grounded. 
Mr. Smith presented Bishop Percival R. Henkelman, who had 
agreed to speak in his stead. 

Bishop Henkelman: Mr. Chairman, distinguished guests and members of the 
assembly, as a young pastor I was officiating at a marriage ceremony some years 
ago when the groom seemed inordinately nervous. He stood on one foot for a 
while and then the other, and he seemed to be searching for something, and I 
asked if somehow I could help. He said, "No, no, I am just fine," but he was still 
nervous. So I said, "There must be something wrong, have you lost something?" 
and he said, "Yes, Pastor, I think I have lost my enthusiasm." 

My observation leads me to proclaim that The Methodist Church — The United 
Methodist Church — has not lost its enthusiasm. When I accepted this invitation, I 
was profoundly moved and I wrote that I have a profound respect for The United 
Methodist Church. This is confirmed when I see all of you struggling sincerely 
with the issues, the important issues, the serious issues of our day. It is confirmed 
when I meet weekly at a leadership forum of the Ecumenical Institute with 
colleagues of The Methodist Church in the Downey United Methodist Church. It 
is confirmed when I see you struggling to be a global church and dealing with the 
global issues of the world. It is confirmed when I see the Claremont Seminary 
from which my son is to graduate in May, I see them doing a great work, a great 
tradition, spiritual training, academic training. 

When I learned I was to speak this morning, and I only learned it a little while 
ago, I was again greatly moved. I think I felt a little like Peter Boehler would 
have felt if he knew that Wesley was in his audience that great day. My wife who 
attended the Baptist Seminary here in Portland, Ore., during World War II, and 
whom I met here, would say, I am sure, that it had something to do with the 
grounding of the plane of the Baptist delegate so he could not speak here today. 

Seriously it is a great privilege, an awesome privilege to represent all of the 



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traditions here and the ecumenical representatives here on the platform. As 
Moravians, we are reminded of the influence that we had on the Methodists, but 
somehow the student has far surpassed the teacher, and as you know, you have a 
great responsibility — "to whom much is given, of him much shall be required." 

And so we stand vdth you as brothers and sisters in Jesus Christ, in a time 
when I sincerely believe there is a new consciousness, a new resurgence in the 
lives of people. In February I spent a week with the brother of Bishop Mathews in 
a consultation in the Marshall Islands. Again I was moved by the universal work 
of the Church of Jesus Christ and the task of the Church to be those who care. A 
fine young MarshaUese by the name of Jiba Kabooa reminded me that Americans 
have a great responsibility in the Christian work. 

We cannot fail these gentle people. We dare not fail in our leadership 
responsibilities around the world. We congratulate you. We love you and we look 
to a great communion to lead in these days in which we serve Christ our common 
Lord. 

Mr. Smith thanked Bishop Henkelman for his wilHngness to 
substitute for Dr. Garrison. 

Delegates from Outside the United States 

Alfred N orris called on Lawrence R. Taylor (West Michigan) 
for the presentation of delegates from outside the United States. 
Mr. Taylor explained that the General Council on Ministries was 
charged with the responsibility of orienting delegates from lands 
outside the United States in the procedures of the General 
Conference. He introduced those who, along with him, were 
members of the committee responsible for this: Merritt Clymer 
(East Ohio), Johyi Montgomery (Missouri East), Martha 
Ragsdale (Holston), Mary Good (Detroit), Hermann Sticher 
(South Germany). He expressed appreciation to the General 
Board of Global Ministries, the Commission on the General 
Conference, and the local Entertainment Committee chaired by 
Elizabeth Watson for their assistance and work. 

Bishop Ralph T. Alton explained that among the delegates 
from outside the United States were persons representing 
Affiliated Autonomous Churches. He presented those who were 
heads of their AffiUated Autonomous Churches and who were at 
the Conference either as delegates or as visitors: 

Oscar Bolioh, Uruguay 

Bishop B. A. Carew, Sierra Leone 

Bishop Theodore Doraisamy, Malaysia-Singapore 

Bishop Carlos Gattinoni, Argentina 

Bishop J. Gultom, Indonesia 

Bishop Chang Hee Kim, Korea 

Lincoln Leung, Hong Kong 

Daniel Liu, Republic of China 

Andrew Pieters, Protestant Church of Belgium 

Noe Feliz Roman, Dominican Republic 



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Bishop Alejandro Ruiz, Mexico 
Bishop Juan Vasquez, Chile 

Bishop Alton: May I say to all of you that the Council of Bishops appreciates 
our relationship with you because, as we have visited the areas of the Church 
which you head, we have appreciated your courtesies to us and the sense of 
fellowship you have extended to us as we have met with your people and learned 
something of your ministry where you are. As a return gesture the Council of 
Bishops is to entertain these who are the heads of these autonomous churches 
with a dinner this evening, and I am asked by the Council of Bishops to say to all 
of you that at any time when you would not prefer to sit with your delegation 
where you are, we would be glad to have you join us on the platform at seats up 
here. I can tell you that really, if most of us who are members of the Council had 
our choices, we would rather be with the delegations on the floor; but we want 
you to know that we extend to you this opportunity for fellowship with us and 
participation with us in the affairs of this Conference. We greet you in this way in 
fellowship with us in the leadership of the Church. 

Mr. Taylor asked that all of those who were delegates from 
lands outside the United States stand and receive the greeting of 
the Conference, and it was done. 

Methodist Church of Great Britain 

Alfred Norris (Louisiana) presented the delegates from the 
Methodist Church of Great Britain, and introduced John Stacey 
to bring greetings to the Conference on their behalf. 

Mr. Stacey: Mr. Chairman and delegates, I bring to you the very warmest 
greetings from the British Methodist Conference. It is a great privilege for us to 
be here. Two days ago I was out in the concourse, and was engaged in 
conversation by one of the delegates. When he discovered that I came from 
London, England, he said, "It's good to have Mother here." I thought in view of 
your recent union he might have said "grandmother." And only yesterday I 
dutifully attended my legislative committee and discovered that the proceedings 
started with a roll call. Our names were duly called out, and we responded "here," 
and a check was put against our name if we were present. 

And I leaned across and said to the gentleman sitting next to me, "Excuse me, 
but what is this for? What's he going to do with that list?" And he said to me with 
a twinkle in his eye, "These transcultural questions throw me!" (laughter) Here 
we are, Mr. Chairman, representing "Mother," and bridging the cultures. And it 
is a great privilege so to do. 

We are, of course, learning there are many things you do in your Conference 
that you do better than we do them, and just one or two things that perhaps we do 
a little better than you. Certainly, this whole enterprise is a very enriching 
experience for us and if I may say so, not least among them is the joy of hearing 
here again and again, the prophetic voice, the voice that includes the cry for peace 
and justice as part of the totality of the Gospel. We are most grateful to you, Mr. 
Chairman and delegates, for accepting us and for welcoming us here as your 
colleagues and as your friends. We are very grateful for the opportunity to come. 

Mr. Norris asked that the other two delegates present from the 
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Jennifer Norgate, stand and be recognized, and they were 
greeted with applause by the Conference. 



Wesley's Chapel Appeal 

The Chair recognized John R. Harper, treasurer of the World 
Methodist Council. 

Mr. Harper: Bishop McDavid, acting on behalf of all United Methodists, it has 
been my privilege as treasurer of the World Methodist Council to forward to the 
restoration work of the Wesley Chapel in London, the sum of $300,000. To this 
will be added, perhaps another $25,000 or $35,000 received by the Chapel by 
many tour groups and by reason of direct contributions from members of The 
United Methodist Church. The largest contribution outside The United Methodist 
Church comes from the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church of which Bishop 
Norris Curry is presiding bishop and is present here as a fraternal delegate. Their 
gift of $10,000 matches a similar gift from the United Church of Canada and has 
given us much encouragement. In February of this year I along with other 
leaders of the World Methodist Council visited this sacred spot on City Road and 
observed at first hand aU that is entailed making this church safe to again be seen 
and used by Methodists throughout the world. We hope to have later in the week 
in the Daily Christian Advocate a list of the fair share goals and a report on the 
amounts reported by conferences as of April 15, 1976. As has been said we will be 
the poorer if we do not contribute our fair share to keep this historic church of our 
early heritage. We appreciate so very much the leadership given this project by 
our Council of Bishops and the assurance by so many of their plans to give their 
people an opportunity to share in this program on Heritage Sunday. 

Mr. Harper presented John Stacey (Great Britain) and Bishop 
William R. Cannon, Atlanta Area, for statements regarding the 
appeal in behalf of Wesley's Chapel. 

Mr. Stacey: Mr. Chairman, I simply wish to say thank you for what seems to us 
to be already a quite magnificent response to the appeal of Wesley's Chapel and 
House. As a matter of fact, I think the trustees and the congregation of Wesley's 
Chapel have virtually set themselves up in opposition to the entire population of 
the United Kingdom in praying fervently that the exchange rate will sink lower 
and lower and lower. However, perhaps I should very briefly indicate the lines 
along which the debate is proceeding, for there is a debate in our country. It is, as 
you might suspect, a polarization on the issue of people or buildings. To use the 
British terms, between Christian Aid and Oxfam and war on want and social 
agencies on the one hand, and Wesley's Chapel, City Road, on the other. Now, 
wherever a choice has to be made, clearly we must as Christians always choose 
people instead of buildings, and it is not true that we want one English pound or 
one American dollar for Wesley's Chapel, City Road, which could and would have 
been spent on the hungry and the homeless. But we say to all people, this is not 
really the choice. The pounds that we want are not the pounds that would go to 
the needy and the hungry, but the pounds that would have gone to the extra 
television sets or the second motorcar, and it is on that basis that so far we have 
done tolerably well in our appeal in our own country. Now, I simply want to say to 
you, Mr. Chairman and delegates, how very grateful we are for the generosity of 
your great Church towards the preservation of this particular and very important 
piece of our Methodist heritage. Thank you very much indeed. 



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Bishop Cannon made an additional statement urging The United 
Methodist Church to meet and exceed its goal of $875,000 for this 
cause. 

Statement by Discipline Editor 

Emory S. Bucke (Book Editor, United Methodist Publishing 
House) made a statement asking that legislative committees 
observe the distinction between legislation, which is for inclusion 
in the Book of Discipline, and resolutions. He also stressed that 
committee reports containing amendments to the Discipline 
must cite the number of the paragraph to be amended. 

Closing 

J. B. Holt (Secretary) made announcements. Bishop McDavid 
expressed his thanks to Bishop Alton for assisting him as 
parliamentarian. Carlton Young led in the singing of the hymn 
"Dios de Amor y Dios de Gloria" from the Spanish hymnal. 
Bishop James Malone of Youngstown, Ohio, led the Conference 
in a closing prayer, and the session was adjourned. 



FIFTH DAY, SATURDAY, MAY 1, 1976 
MORNING SESSION 

Opening — Bishop L. Scott Allen 

Pursuant to adjournment, the General Conference of The 
United Methodist Church convened in the morning session of the 
fifth day, Saturday, May 1, 1976, at 8:30 a.m. in the Memorial 
Coliseum, Portland, Oregon, with Bishop L. Scott Allen, Holston 
Area, presiding. 

Devotional Service 

Following the Organ Prelude, the Conference joined in singing 
the hymn, "March On, Soul, With Strength." Three choral 
selections were presented by The Youth Choir, Bellaire United 
Methodist Church, Bellaire, Texas, under the direction of Earle 
B. Lowder. Two passages of Scripture were read, Matthew 
28:19-20 and Luke 24:47-49, followed by a prayer. The devotional 
sermon, entitled "Go Therefore ... To All the Nations," was 
preached by Bishop Ole E. Borgen, Northern Europe Area (see 
page 778). The Conference then sang the hymn, "Talk With Us, 
Lord," and Bishop Borgen pronounced the benediction. 

Business Session — Matter of Privilege 

Bishop Allen called the business session to order. George W. 
Martin (Little Rock), as a matter of privilege, reported that 
Virgil D. Keeley (Little Rock) had been hospitalized and 
requested that members of the Conference remember Mrs. 
Keeley and Dr. Keeley in their thoughts and prayers. It was 
ordered by action of the Conference. 

Committee on Agenda 

E. Russell Praetorius (Minnesota) reported for the committee 
and moved that the agenda as printed be adopted. The agenda 
was adopted by action of the Conference. Mr. Praetorius further 
reported that the Committee on Agenda would recommend no 
further time for legislative committee meetings after today, and 
that beginning Monday all of the time would be spent in plenary 
sessions, with the bulk of the time being devoted to calendar 
items. 

Committee on Courtesies and Privileges 

Donald D. Fermer (Wisconsin), vice-chairman of the commit- 
tee, presented the report. He presented Bishop Paul Granadosin, 
Philippines Area, for a statement of greeting. 

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Bishop Granadosin: Much has been said in retrospect about the burning 
passion for justice and hberty that compelled your great men and women, sung 
and unsung, to unselfishly sacrifice the best that they had for the very lofty and 
noble ideals that inspired men's hearts everywhere. The commitments of your 
dedicated citizenry to join in a unified effort to forge a great nation, based on 
individual freedom, truth, righteousness, and a trust in God, is worthy of 
emulation. And 200 years of industrial, economic, social and political growth have 
proclaimed to the world that courage, determination and love for all that is best 
can bring about great things for more people. 

Above all, God has indeed blessed your land, and this blessing has been shared 
with other nations across the globe. God has certainly shed his grace on America, 
the land of the free and the home of the brave. Again, congratulations to the 
United States of America and to all freedom-loving Americans. May you continue 
to be that power and influence God has called you to be in this day and age. I 
thank you. 

Mr. Fenner then presented William Veale of the New Haven 
Register for a statement on behalf of representatives of the news 
media who were covering the Conference. Mr. Veale expressed 
appreciation for the many services and resources made available 
by United Methodist Communications to persons covering the 
Conference. 

Address — Phillip A. Potter, General Secretary, World 
Council of Churches 

Mr. Fenner presented Bishop James K. Mathews, Washington 
Area, for the purpose of introducing Dr. Potter. 

Bishop Mathews: Mr. Chairman, sisters and brothers of the General 
Conference, as president of the Division of Ecumenical and Interreligious 
Concerns of the Board of Global Ministries and as a member of the Central 
Committee of the World Council of Churches it is my responsibility and privilege 
to present to you the General Secretary of the World Council of Churches. The 
United Methodist Church is very much a part of the World Council. To mention 
only one Methodist layperson, John R. Mott, as we know, was one of its principal 
architects. And among the members of its presidium during the years are a 
number of Wesleyans, Bishop G. Bromley Oxnam, Dr. Sarah Chakko, Dr. 
Charles Parlin, Bishop Sante Uberto Barbieri, Daniel T. Niles; and at present. 
Dr. Migues Bonino of Argentina. 

Our church is fully represented on its governing bodies and its many 
committees. Now we know the World Council of Churches is not without its 
critics. But I remind you that it is the kind of organization that, if it did not exist 
today, would need to be established tomorrow, for through it a half-million 
Christians of nearly every nation from three hundred denominations reach out in 
witness and service to the whole world. 

Now there is a much maligned and misrepresented fund to combat racism. Far 
fi^om being used to arm belligerent peoples, it has been used as a mission of mercy 
to the most sorely oppressed of the earth. While the Viet Nam conflict was going 
on, for fifteen years in Africa a war raged. Most of us had never heard of it. Haifa 
million people, many of them our Christian brothers and sisters, lost their lives in 
that conflict. But due to the credibility that the World Council of Churches, aided 
by our Church and others, gained through its fund to combat racism, two 
secretaries of the World Council of Churches were finally called to arbitrate that 



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conflict to a peaceful conclusion. Now you cannot buy that kind of influence and 
acceptability in the market place, for it is not for sale. It is available free, but we 
are willing to be obedient servants to our Lord Jesus Christ. But this is a small 
part of the activities of the World Council of Churches through its three units of 
faith and witness, justice and service, education and renewal. 

Phillip Potter is one of us. He is a minister of the Methodist Church of the 
Caribbean and the Americas, to which denomination we afforded a concordat 
relationship the other day. But he belongs to the whole Church, and he is a 
representative of the third world as we say, but he belongs to the whole world, to 
the entire oikumene. Indeed he grew up with the ecumenical movement, was a 
youth leader at Amsterdam in 1948; the director, following that, of the Youth 
Department of the World Council; a student leader in the British Student 
Christian movement, and president of the World Student Christian Federation. 

He followed there in the steps of Niles and John R. Mott, and for five years as 
Missionary Secretary with the Methodist Missionary Society of London for West 
Africa and the West Indies, for five years Associate General Secretary of the 
World Council of Churches, a Director of its Commission on World Mission and 
Evangelism. And since 1972, General Secretary of the World Council of 
Churches. He guided us through the Fifth Assembly recently in Nairobi, put it on 
a mature and balanced course. I only regret that his good wife is not with us, she 
is a lovely lady, and one of the sweet singers of Israel. But it is an honor, I think, 
for the General Conference to stand to greet, to meet, and to hear Dr. Phillip A. 
Potter, General Secretary of the World Council of Churches. 

Phillip A. Potter (General Secretary, World Council of Churches): Dear 
Bishop, dear sisters and brothers in Christ, I am very deeply grateful to my 
friend. Bishop Mathews, for his kind words of introduction. It is indeed a 
privilege and honor for me to be permitted to speak to this great gathering of 
United Methodists. I believe this is the first time the General Secretary of the 
World Council of Churches has had this privilege. 

I have often heard of this great and unique gathering by the hearing of the ear, 
but now my eyes see it. I remember, when I was a young student in Jamaica, 
going to a village where in the mountains, one lady saying, "You know, you know, 
parson, we Methodists, we are clannish." There is indeed an element of the 
clannishness of Methodism in the sense of belonging to one another, and I feel that 
I can say that now because of the action you took in a covenant relationship with 
my own church in the Caribbean. 

This is an opportunity for me to bring warm greetings in Christ to you on behalf 
of the 285 other member churches of the World Council of Churches and of over 
500 million Christians all over the world. The United Methodist Church is a 
treasured and integral part of this fellowship of churches. Moreover our 
fellowship is now even wider because since 1965 there has been a close 
relationship with the Roman Catholic Church through a joint working group. 
Tomorrow I, myself, have to fly straight over to Rome for the cabinet meeting of 
this joint working group, where we shall be thinking together of how the Roman 
Catholic churches and the other churches can work together to witness to the 
Lord Jesus Christ in the next few years. 

Bishop Mathews has already spoken to the contribution of Methodists and I 
want to emphasize this — this contribution in drawing together God's scattered 
people in process of being renewed for His purpose of uniting all persons in all 
things in Christ. You have heard of John R. Mott who in 1910 led that first 
ecumenical World Conference on the theme of EvangeHzation of the World in this 
Generation. It was he who was the father of the International Missionary Council 
and of the World Student Christian Federation with its motto — "All may be one 
that the world may believe." You have heard of the leadership of bishops like 
Bishop Bromley Oxnam, one of the first presidents, and several other bishops, 



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and I want to mention here Bishop Mueller, who for many years was the 
president of the World Council of Christian Education which has now become 
integrated into the World Council of Churches. And of course Bishop Mathews 
and Bishop Roy Nichols have most recently been giving very yeoman leadership 
to the Council. 

Many Methodists have played and continue to play significant roles in the life of 
the World Council of Churches. In fact, one of the complaints made by people of 
other confessions is that there are too many Methodists around. This is natural 
because Methodism was conceived as an ecumenical body and is always true to its 
heritage when it is ecumenical, that is to say, when it is considered concerned 
about all the peoples of the world and in the fellowship of the whole pilgrim people 
of God. 

I remind you that as early as 1739, just a few months after his heart-warming 
experience, John Wesley said these words, "I look upon all the world as my 
parish. Thus far I mean that in whatever part of it I am, I judge it meet, right and 
my bounden duty to declare unto all who are wiUing to hear the glad tidings of 
salvation. This is the work which I know God has called me to, and sure I am that 
his blessing attends it. Great encouragement have I therefore to be faithful in 
fulfilling the work he has given me to do. His servant I am and as such am 
employed according to the plain direction of His Word as I have opportunity of 
doing good to all men." 

His brother, Charles, helped us to sing, "Thy undistinguishing regard was 
constant, Adam's fallen race, For all thou hast in Christ prepared sufficient 
sovereign saving grace. Help us thy mercy to extol, immense, unfathomed, 
unconfined, to praise the Lamb who died for all, the general Savior of mankind. 

And, we just heard in our meditation how Wesley again in that same year, 
1739, right at the beginning of his long ministry, wrote in the Preface to The 
Collection of Hymns and Sacred Poems, "The Gospel of Christ knows of no 
religion but social, no holiness but social holiness." Faith working by love is the 
length and breadth and depth and height of Christian perfection. My Father 
works hitherto and I work and at all possible opportunities he is, like his Master, 
going about doing good. 

So Methodism has always held these two together, proclaiming the glad tidings 
of salvation and doing good to all men. That is, indeed, its ecumenical heritage. 
And Wesley did this up and down the land in every sphere of life of people. And I 
am proud to say that the very last words that Wesley put pen to paper, very, very 
soon before his death, was a letter protesting to Wilberforce against the dreadful 
institution of slavery. And within two days of writing that letter he died with the 
word you have here: "And best of all is, God is with us." 

And so his understanding of Emmanuel, God with us, was the coming of Jesus 
Christ in the flesh and blood of our life to take upon himself, taking the form of the 
slave, that he might redeem us totally as human beings. And he is with us as we 
go on, not only baptizing people, but also teaching them what he taught us to do, 
to give our lives for the sake of others. That is the whole understanding of 
Methodism, and I would say that is the understanding of the ecumenical 
movement. 

But Wesley never conceived of these tasks as being for Methodists only; he 
cooperated with all who shared a common commitment to Christ and a concern for 
all mankind. And he counted numerous friends and helpers from other 
communions — even Roman Catholics. It was to a Roman Catholic that he said, "If 
thy heart is as my heart, give me thy hand." And he would say of Methodists that 
they were friends of all and enemies of none. Therefore, from the very beginning, 
Methodism was conceived as part of the Church catholic, the Church entrusted 
with the wholeness of the Gospel for the whole world. 

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Council of Churches, "The whole Church with the whole Gospel to the whole 
person in the whole world." This is the spirit of the prophetic, statesmanlike, 
evangelical, and moving address of the bishops presented here by Bishop Thomas 
earlier this week. This address says very rightly, "To be the Church in the world, 
we must be ecumenical in our outlook and worldwide in our perspective." But I 
see no reference in that great address of the bishops to the ecumenical 
involvement of The United Methodist Church, both in terms of what it 
contributes to it and what it receives from it. This is all the more striking since we 
have just had the Fifth Assembly of the World Council of Churches under the 
theme, "Jesus Christ Frees and Unites," and The United Methodist Church was 
very strongly represented. 

I would, therefore, like to indicate ways in which the World Council of 
Churches and its member churches and associate councils of churches are deeply 
caught up in God's mission and ministry in the world today. And I want to do that 
under three heads, which represent the three program units of the World Council 
of Churches. 

First of all, we are committed to unity and witness, and in the last years we 
have produced as a World Council of Churches — which means a fellowship of 
churches around the world — a considerable amount of writing and thinking on 
what is salvation today. On giving an account of the hope that is in us, and of the 
assembly on confessing Christ today, which is the heart of the words we speak in 
evangelism. We have done in this country, and other countries, a great deal of 
work on the missionary structure of the congregation, and there is a very 
worthwhile book used in many places on the church for others. We produce a 
monthly letter on evangelism. 

We have had conversations with evangelicals, and 60 percent of those who 
attended the Lausanne Conference in 1974 came from member churches of the 
World Council of Churches. In October, 1974, I was the first non-Roman Catholic 
to speak to the Roman Catholic Conference of Bishops, and I spoke on the theme 
"The Evangelization of the World Today." We are involved in urban and 
industrial missions, and there are over 2,000 projects all over the world in which 
Methodists are involved. We have a program on rural missions. Many of these 
tasks have been under the guidance of a committee led by Tracey Jones, one of 
your own. 

We are concerned, too, for the churches found in different cultures, because we 
recognize that the voice with which people have to respond to the voice of Christ 
cannot be a borrowed voice. It has to be the voice of their own culture; hence, we 
understand your work on minority churches and different cultural groups and we 
have done a great deal in that field. 

We are concerned about the unity of the church and the unity of mankind, for 
conciliar fellowship, the ways in which the churches can become unitable through 
being open to one another, being corrected by one another and receiving from one 
another. And this is what we are doing in relation to the world confessional 
families, including the World Methodist Council. And in the next ten days there 
will be a meeting of all these world confessional families in London concerned with 
that. We have produced, with Roman Catholic scholars, Orthodo.x, Protestants, a 
book which we have sent to all the member churches including The United 
Methodist Church on baptism, eucharist and a mutually accepted ministry, and 
we have asked for the judgment of these churches by the end of this year. We are 
involved in many parts of the world in dialogue with people of living faiths, 
seeking through this dialogue this interchange of life with life at the depths, in the 
deepest convictions of faith, sharing our faith with one another as we seek 
community in the world where men and women are crying out for fullness of life, 
meaning, and justice. 

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humanity, in the technological and the science-based society, with the help of top 
scholars of our time — scientists, technologists and theologians — and we are 
concerned about a just and sustainable society. In all these things evangelism is 
seen here as the word through the church, in the world, a church which is being 
renewed and uniting for proclaiming that glad tidings of salvation in word and in 
deed. 

Through a program unit in justice and service we are working precisely along 
the lines of the Bishops' Call for Peace and Self-development of Peoples. You are 
going to give a great deal of attention as you have been doing it in the last year or 
two on human hungers. The hungers for food, for knowledge, for meaning, for 
community, salvation, love and justice. Indeed, in the same spirit as the Pope 
used in his encyclical on the development of peoples when he spoke about the 
development of peoples and of the whole person. Or as the Prophet Micah said, 
"He has shown you, man, what is good and what the Lord requires of you but to 
do justice, love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God." 

Therefore, when we are concerned about hunger as a stark, immediate need, or 
about hunger in terms of enabling people to help themselves in self-reliance 
through their own participation, we must go to the root of that hunger, the root 
and structures of human selfishness and sin, the structures of injustice in rich and 
poor countries, the root that goes to the whole world economic order which is 
totally broken down, where the rich become richer and the poor, poorer. These 
are moral and spiritual issues. How can people see their relations with creation 
and with their fellow human creatures in the purpose of God? That is what we are 
concerned about. 

The millions we get are palliatives if we are only concerned with just giving up 
some money for helping and not going to the root. There is a Zulu proverb that 
says, "When the thorn gets into the toe, the whole body stoops to pick it out." You 
don't put salve on it, but you go for the thorn itself. That is what we are concerned 
with in the World Council of Churches, and we ask you to be involved in this and 
to be willing to share with us the things that are being produced all over the world 
by Christians in different ways. 

For example, it is now over a year that we have set up an ecumenical 
development cooperative society, which is a means of enabling the poorer people 
of the world to receive help to help themselves, and we have been trying to get $5 
million from the member churches and from others during the past year. I don't 
know how much you know about this, how much this is a concern of yours. Yet 
millions of people are waiting for this kind of symbol of our solidarity with them. 
Evangelism, as someone has said, is hope in action, hope — God's future being 
made alive by the tokens of our bringing glad tidings in word and in deed. 

Do you realize that today is May Day — the first of May — the day when the 
workers of the world are remembering there is a continuing struggle for justice in 
the world. Do you remember the words of Karl Marx when his manifesto of 1848 
said, "Workers of the world unite. You have nothing to lose but your chains." 
That is what has been going on ever since, but do you also remember that 100 
years before that, Charles Wesley taught Methodists to sing of what the blood of 
Jesus Christ, when we receive it into ourselves, does for each of us. "My chains 
fell off, my heart was free, I rose, went forth, and followed thee." But to follow 
Christ means to take up His cross and to give ourselves for the sake of others, as 
He did. 

That is what this May Day should mean for us, and is it any surprise to you that 
the trade union movement today owes more to the Methodist class meetings than 
to any other body, because there with those people who found their chains falling 
off and the freedom given by Christ felt free to storm the citadel of power and 
prejudice and the principalities and powers, in order to bring to life a way of 
justice. We Methodists have a history of that kind. Today we are called to make it 
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Secondly, in the bishops' address, we heard about human equality and justice. 
We were told about human rights. Do you know the considerable amount of work 
that was done through the World Council of Churches, and particularly through 
its Commission of the Churches on International Affairs, to insure that the 
universal Declaration of Human Rights was produced in 1948? Do you know it was 
largely through the churches together that the Article XVIII on Religious 
Liberty was received by the nations of the world? Do you know the role that the 
churches have been playing together in the Covenant on Personal and Social 
Rights? Do you know that it is largely through the fellowship of the World Council 
of Churches that relations were opened with churches across the curtains, and so 
these churches are now in our fellowship? So we have the possibility of talking 
with them about the violation of human rights in those countries. 

Do you know that in Latin America today, where so many Christians because of 
their stand for their Christian faith, because of their preaching by life and deed of 
the good news of salvation, are in prison, and some of them tortured? Do you 
know that the World Council of Churches has an office specially concerned about 
this, and making representations to the United Nations and enabling Christians 
together to work for these folk there? 

Do you know of all that has been happening through this program to combat 
racism, to support your brethren Uke Bishop Muzorewa and Bishop deCarvalho in 
maintaining our solidarities as human beings and as Christians with those who 
have been suffering from that greatest skin disease of our time — racism? Do you 
know of the efforts made for reconciliation between peoples? You've heard about 
it, but do you know that after 17 years of civil war between the Muslim North and 
the Christian South in the Sudan — it was largely through this fellowship of 
churches that reconciliation took place. Do you know about the Fund for 
Reconcihation and Reconstruction in Indochina in which your own Board of Global 
Ministries is involved, and of the efforts being made in other areas of tension like 
in the Middle East, through material help, through bringing people from the 
different sides together to seek to find reconciliation in that situation? 

Do you know the considerable amount of work done on the issues of 
disarmament? And of the challenge which we now are called to put into action of 
the struggle against the growing militarism in the world, and an arms race which 
is depriving people more and more of their human rights? These are some of the 
things in which we have been involved. 

And lastly, the program unit on education and renewal. Here, in education we 
are concerned about general education, about Christian education, and about the 
theological education of the people of God. We have been involved in producing a 
curriculum for many countries in the Third World, or the Two-thirds World as I 
prefer to call them, because they have the population you know. We have a 
theological education fund which has sought to help people to do the theological 
education in context of their own cultures and doing theology for the sake of 
mission. We have a special portfolio on Biblical studies, as one who goes to help 
people to know how to use the Bible effectively in the context of their own daily 
lives. We have an Ecumenical Institute, which for the past nearly thirty years has 
been enabling people coming from many different parts of the world to share 
together what God has given to them and what He is calHng them to do. 

And in renewal we are involved in the work with laity and youth. It was 
through the World Council of Churches that twenty years ago there was a whole 
effort to convince our churches that the laity, the laos, is the whole people of God, 
the ninety-nine frozen assets of the church. And the call that they should be, that 
we who are leaders and bishops and so on, are the enablers of those, the whole 
people of God, to be the evangelists and missionaries and witnesses to the world. 

Do you know about the work that is done among women? Since 1948 there has 
been a special department of cooperation of men and women in church and 



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society. The very careful studies that have been made of the ordination of women, 
the very explosive consultation held in 1974 on "Sexism in the 1970's," and the 
way in which we have lifted up the concern for rural women who carry the great 
burden in our hungry world. During the International Women's Year the projects 
that were done there and the studies that were to be carried out with theologians 
on the community of men and women in the church and in the society, and the 
ways in which we are seeing the liberation of women in terms — in the Biblical 
perspective — as ways in which men and women together can work for social and 
racial justice and breaking down the structures which oppress women as well as 
people of other races and ethnic groups. 

We are in touch, and I notice that you have some work here on the charismatic 
movement — we have an office concerned with the renewal movement, including 
the charismatic movement — and on spirituality and on lifestyles. All these things 
are concerns which the churches have laid upon us, including The United 
Methodist Church. All these constitute what it means to be ecumenical. 

Your General Council on Ministries has proposed the theme. Committed to 
Christ — Called to Change. Committed to Christ — Called to Change. It was 
Wesley himself who said the Methodists did not come to start a new sect, but to 
reform the nation and especially the church and to spread scriptural holiness 
throughout the land. Holiness means, in its root, total commitment to God and 
Christ and to His purpose in the world. Commitment to Christ and Called to 
Change — that is the task of The United Methodist Church and also all churches. 
And the change which would start is the change which will start with us. 

It is the metanoia, the repentance, the conversion to God and the world. Faith 
in the crucified and risen Lord is a radical break from a static understanding of 
our existence into a dynamic living and daring God's future. It also calls for radical 
transformation of structures of churches and societies, so that they may become 
more fruitful instruments of the Kingdom of God which is in our midst. It is 
Charles Wesley who said to us, "Faith, mighty faith, the promise sees and looks 
to that alone, laughs at impossibilities and cries 'It shall be done'." So, brethren 
and sisters, in this bicentennial year, and as you look forward to the bicentenary 
of your Methodist Conference in 1984, you join in the calling of the whole Church 
in this country and beyond to be committed to Christ and called to change, and to 
work for change, for God. As fellow workers with God to create one human family 
through Christ and in the power of the Holy Spirit, may God bless you all in this 
enterprise. 

The Chair expressed appreciation to Dr. Potter for his 
presence and his message. The report of the Committee on 
Courtesies and Privileges having been completed, it was 
approved by vote of the Conference. 

Judicial Council Ballot 

The Chair announced that the time had been reached for an 
Order of the Day for balloting for members of the Judicial 
Council. /. B. Holt (Secretary) explained the mechanics of the 
balloting procedure and indicated a correction to a typographical 
error in one of the names. Richard 0. Truitt (Wisconsin) called 
attention to one other misspelled name. Reta Barto (Eastern 
Pennsylvania) asked for the Secretary to read the names of 
continuing Judicial Council members whose terms had not 
expired. Charles D. White (Assistant Secretary) reported that 



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Florence Lucas Edwards, Tom Matheny, Truman W. Potter, and 
Hoover Rupert would be continuing as members. The Chair 
explained the Disciplinary and parliamentary provisions that 
would govern the election. Bishop Edward J. Pendergrass led 
the Conference in prayer. The ballots were collected, and the 
Chair declared the ballot closed. 

Proposal to Amend Rules 

John B. Russell (Virginia) proposed an amendment to the Plan 
of Organization, to be referred to the Committee on Plan of 
Organization and Rules of Order for their consideration. Mr. 
Russell moved to amend Plan of Organization XI as adopted at 
the first session of the Conference (see pages 233-234) by 
substituting the foUovdng: 

Mr. Russell: "The reports and recommendations of all Councils, Boards and 
Standing Committees or Special Commissions or Committees to the General 
Conference shall be printed in an Advance Edition of the Daily Christian 
Advocate and mailed to all delegates at least sixty days prior to the opening of the 
General Conference. In order to accomplish this the finished copy of all such 
reports and recommendations shall be submitted to the editor of the Daily 
Christian Advocate at least 120 days prior to the opening of the General 
Conference. Any such reports and recommendations not so submitted and printed 
in an Advance Edition of the Daily Christian Advocate shall be received by the 
General Conference only upon the approval of three-fourths of the delegates of 
the General Conference present and voting." 

Mr. Russell spoke in support of his proposal. The Chair put the 
proposed substitute to a vote, and it was referred by action of the 
Conference. 

General Council on Finance and Administration — Election 
of Members 

Bishop James K. Mathews was recognized for the purpose of 
presenting nominations from the Council of Bishops for member- 
ship on the General Council on Finance and Administration. The 
following persons were nominated: North Central Jurisdiction, 
Gerald Jones, Emerson Colaw, Donald Strong, Tom Moore, Mrs. 
Ellen Hanna, Mrs. Kathleen Haining; Northeastern Jurisdiction, 
Merrill Drennan, J. Clair Jarvis, Harold H. Quickel, Harry 
Johnson, Mrs. Mary Lou Williams, Mrs. Ehzabeth Brogdon; 
South Central Jurisdiction, Leighton Farrell, Douglas McGuire, 
WilUam Shepherd, Roy Grogan, Mrs. Ruby Bane, Mrs. Mary 
Metzel; Southeastern Jurisdiction, Guy K. Hutcherson, Ralph 
Mohney, A. B. Blackburn, Richard Fields, Mrs. Marjorie Mann, 
Mrs. Barbara Stauss; Western Jurisdiction, Clifford Broke, 
Elias Galvan, Norman Lee, Robert Stevens, Mrs. OUvia Carrell, 



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Mrs. Pauline Bobbitt; At-large, C. P. Minnick, Clarence Borger, 
James Barber, Ruben Siller, James Shaw, W. R. Byrd, Mrs, 
Helen Fannings, Mrs. Jeanette Winton, and Mrs. Lucille 
Schroeder. 

Willie B. Clay (Northern Illinois) asked why there had been a 
substitution in the list of nominations for Joseph Johnson, whose 
name had been included in the list as printed in the Daily 
Christian Advocate. Bishop W. Kenneth Goodson (Council of 
Bishops President) stated that Mr. Johnson's name was removed 
at his own request, because, as a trustee of Wiley College, he felt 
that there might be a conflict of interest. 

The Chair called for a vote on the nominations, and the persons 
nominated by the Council of Bishops were elected. 

Committee on Calendar 

Leroy C. Hodapp (South Indiana), chairperson, reported for 
the committee. He introduced the other committee members: C. 
R. Hager (Kentucky), vice-chairperson; Jeanie Stoppel 
(Oregon-Idaho), secretary; and Jim Egan (Oklahoma). Mr. 
Hodapp stated that three legislative committees had reports 
which had been printed for the amount of time required by the 
rules and were therefore ready to report. He called for reports 
from the Committee on Conferences. 

Committee on Conferences, Report No. 1, Calendar No. 1 

Bruce Blake (Kansas West), chairperson of the committee, 
introduced R. Jervis Cooke (Peninsula) for presentation of the 
report (see page 1282). Mr. Cooke explained that the report 
recommended approval of the revision and renumbering of Par. 
831 of the 1972 Book of Discipline as proposed by the general 
boards and commissions and printed in Advance Edition E of the 
Daily Christian Advocate; he explained the purpose of the 
proposed revisions. 

Mr. Blake moved adoption of the report. Marilyn Roberts 
(North Georgia) moved to amend the report by inserting the 
words "two young adults" after "United Methodist Men" in Par. 
831.2; she spoke in support of her amendment. In response to a 
question from the Chair, Mr. Blake stated that he could not 
accept the amendment for the committee, since the committee 
had not discussed this issue. The Chair asked whether the 
amendment was germane to the report, and Mr. Blake and 
Franklin Blackstone, Jr. (Western Pennsylvania) both expressed 
the judgment that it was germane. Omega Newman (South 
Carolina) spoke in opposition to the amendment. Kathy LaPoint 
(California-Nevada) spoke for it. By vote of the Conference, the 



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previous question on the amendment was ordered. Floyd H. 
Coffman (Kansas East) attempted to present a related report but 
was ruled out of order. The amendment was put to a vote and 
adopted. 

Jerry G. Bray, Jr. (Virginia) moved to amend the report by 
substituting the words "annual conference" for "council" in the 
last phrase of Par. 831.4. He explained that this would retain the 
provision in the 1972 Book of Discipline according to which the 
annual conference determines additional members of the confer- 
ence Council on Ministries executive committee. Sam N. 
Varnell, Jr. (Holston) asked a question; the Chair responded. 
The Chair asked whether the committee would accept the 
amendment, and Mr. Cooke replied that it would not. William M. 
James (New York) spoke in support of the amendment. John F. 
Osborn (West Ohio) opposed it. Alice G. Morrison (Oregon- 
Idaho) attempted to move the previous question but was ruled 
out of order. C. Rex Bevins (Nebraska) attempted to speak 
against the amendment, but the Chair stated that a speech in 
support was next in order. Thomas L. Cromwell (East Ohio) 
spoke in favor of the amendment. Mr. Bevins opposed it. John D. 
Humphrey , Sr. (North Mississippi) moved the previous question. 
Mr. Blake declined the opportunity for a final statement in behalf 
of the committee position. The amendment was put to a vote and 
was defeated. 

/. Irwin Trotter (Southern California-Arizona) moved to 
amend the new recommended sub-section lOg) by inserting 
"district Councils on Ministries" after "annual conference agen- 
cies." Mr. Blake accepted the amendment on behalf of the 
committee. 

Jean Troy (Holston) moved to amend Par. 831.4 by inserting 
the words "the elected representatives of the General Council on 
Ministries" after "director of the council." Mr. Blake stated that 
this issue had not been discussed by the committee, and that he 
would prefer that it be decided by the Conference. Mrs. Troy 
spoke in support of her amendment. Charles E. Edgar (Central 
Pennsylvania) asked for clarification; Mrs. Troy responded. The 
amendment was adopted by vote of the Conference. 

P. Boyd Mather (Iowa) moved to amend the report. Par. 831.7, 
by deleting the words, "and other matters as the cabinet may 
determine." Mr. Mather spoke in support of his amendment. The 
amendment was defeated by vote of the Conference. 

Adjournment 

Frank A. Nichols moved that the plenary session be adjourned 
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Chair, E. Russell Praetorius (Minnesota), speaking for the 
Agenda Committee, opposed the motion. Mr. Nichols spoke in 
support of it. The motion was adopted. 

Bishop Jack M. Tuell (Portland Area) made a statement 
regarding the local committee's plans for Sunday, May 2, and 
regarding the Oregon-Idaho Celebration. He introduced William 
0. Walker (Oregon-Idaho), chairperson of the Oregon-Idaho 
Celebration, who made an additional statement about the plans 
for that event. 

J. B. Holt (Secretary) made announcements. Norman L. 
Conard (Business Manager) made a statement regarding the 
safety of materials left on the tables over the weekend. John P. 
Miles (Little Rock) asked a question; Dr. Conard responded. 

Bishop Allen expressed appreciation to Bishops Finger and 
Mathews for their assistance to him in the task of presiding. 
Following the singing of one stanza of the hymn "Amazing 
Grace," Bishop Noah W. Moore pronounced the benediction, and 
the session was adjourned. 



SIXTH DAY, MONDAY, MAY 3, 1976 
MORNING SESSION 



Opening — Bishop Jack M. Tuell 

Pursuant to adjournment, the General Conference of The 
United Methodist Church convened in the morning session of the 
sixth day, Monday, May 3, 1976, at 8:30 a.m. in the Memorial 
Coliseum, Portland, Oregon, with Bishop Jack M. Tuell, Portland 
Area, presiding. 

Devotional Service 

Following the Organ Prelude, the Conference joined in the 
singing of the hymn, "Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee." Choral 
selections were presented by The Chancel Choir, Edmonds 
United Methodist Church, Edmonds, Washington, under the 
direction of Dick L. Kite. The liturgist, Mrs. Lillian Sloan 
(Western Pennsylvania), read the Scripture, John 10:7-11, and 
led the Conference in prayer. An anthem was sung by the 
Edmonds Chancel Choir. Bishop Roy C. Nichols (Pittsburgh 
Area) preached the Devotional Sermon, "Dimensions of Disciple- 
ship" (see page 783). 

Following the service, Bishop Tuell expressed appreciation to 
Bishop Nichols for his message and noted that he and his wife had 
once been members of the Edmonds United Methodist Church 
Choir. 

Committee on Agenda 

Lee Drinkard (North Georgia) reported for the committee and 
moved that the agenda as printed in the Daily Christian 
Advocate be adopted. The agenda for the day was adopted as 
printed. 

Committee on Presiding Officers 

Jameson Jones (Rocky Mountain) reported for the committee. 
He stated that Bishop Tuell had been chosen by the committee to 
preside at this session, and that Bishop D. Frederick Wertz 
(West Virginia Area) and Bishop Eugene M. Frank (Arkansas 
Area) were scheduled to preside at the afternoon and evening 
sessions respectively. He also reported that the committee did 
plan to utilize the new rule which the Conference had adopted, 
continuing presiding officers from one session to the next when 
the parliamentary situation warranted. 

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Committee on Courtesies and Privileges 

Thomas P. Grissom (California-Nevada), committee secre- 
tary, led in the presentation of the report. He called attention to 
the Oregon-Idaho celebration the previous evening and ex- 
pressed appreciation to Governor Straub, Representative Nancie 
Fadeley, Bishop Tuell, Dr. Glenn Olds, the Oregon-Idaho 
Celebration Committee chaired by William 0. Walker, and the 
directors who participated in the event. 

Mr. Grissom presented the bishops' wives and asked them to 
stand and be greeted by the Conference. He then called attention 
to the committee's printed report as found in the Daily Christian 
Advocate (see page 824). 

Lester L. Moore (Iowa) moved that the address of Dr. Glenn 
Olds, delivered at the Oregon-Idaho Celebration, be printed in 
the Daily Christian Advocate. The Chair asked if the Conference 
would suspend the rules to permit action on this motion, and the 
rules were suspended. Mr. Moore's motion was put to a vote and 
adopted. 

Report on First Judicial Council Ballot 

Bishop Tuell: Now, we have come to the time in our agenda for another ballot. 
I have before me the results of Ballot No. 1, and I think that you should get a 
piece of paper and be prepared to list these names and the number of votes they 
have received. First I will read for you the lay ballot for Judicial Council. Total 
ballots cast, 945; invalid ballots, 10; valid ballots, 935; necessary to elect, 468. 
There is no election. All right. Here are the names in the order of the votes 
received: Leonard D. Slutz, 286; Elizabeth B. Gundlach, 250; Kathryn Mowrey 
Grove, 249; Tom Reavley, 224; John E. Stumbo, 172; Paul Webb, Jr., 163; Julia 
Gibson, 116; Susan Spruce, 116; Paul V. Shearer, 113; James M. Dolliver, 74; 
Walter Douglas, 36; Basil H. Lorch, Jr., 35; Rodolfo C. Beltran, 28; Crisolito 
Pascual, 22. 

I'll read the results of the clergy ballot, and then ask the secretary to instruct 
us in the second ballot. This is now the clergy ballot. There were 945 ballots cast; 
10 were invalid; 935 valid ballots; necessary to elect, 468. There is no election. 

They are now listed in the order of number of votes received. First, Paul 
Duffey, 388; Gene Sease, 366; Charles B. Copher, 355; Alvin J. Lindgren, 247; 
Wayne W. Coffin, 214; Roy C. Clark, 205; Raymond Balcomb, 170; Douglas F. 
Verdin, 156; Richard E. Hamilton, 149; Daniel Garcia, 145; R. Herman Nicholson, 
112; G. Eliot Jones, 108; Robert L. Close, 103; Clifford E. Trotter, 81; William R. 
Persons, 63. 

Matter of Privilege 

Barbara R. Thompson (Baltimore) moved, as a point of 
personal privilege, that Attorney Susan Spruce be permitted to 
speak. John D. Humphrey, Sr. (North Mississippi) requested an 
indication of the purpose of the request. Ms. Thompson stated 
that Ms. Spruce planned to withdraw from the Judicial Council 
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all, the statement should be one of withdrawal only and not of 
endorsement. Ms. Thompson's motion was adopted. Ms. Spruce 
stated that it was an honor to be one of four women nominated for 
the Judicial Council, but that she requested that her name be 
withdrawn from nomination. 

Ballot for Judicial Council Members 

J. B. Holt (Secretary) gave instructions for the second ballot 
for members of the Judicial Council. Clarence M. Winchester 
(Western North Carolina) asked a question; Dr. Holt responded. 
When the Chair determined that the ballots had been collected, 
he declared the second ballot for Judicial Council members 
closed. 

Questions Regarding Expenses 

Ted Richardson (Southwest Texas) asked a question regarding 
the number of days for which per diem expenses would be paid; 
Gene Sease (Western Pennsylvania), chairperson of the Commis- 
sion on the General Conference, responded. Alick Seymour 
(Delhi) asked whether the Council on Finance and Administra- 
tion had made a determination on a matter referred to it earher, 
dealing with per diem expenses. The Secretary suggested that he 
inquire at the Council office in the Coliseum. 

Presentation of "Wesley's Works" 

Joseph Quillian (Dean, Perkins School of Theology): Mr. President and 
friends, we all have a stake in John Wesley. We do as United Methodists and as 
members of the world family of Methodists and also as members of the Church of 
Jesus Christ. We need to know John Wesley in accurate and lively fashion for 
what he means to us as Methodists and for what his theology can and ought to 
mean in the relationship among Protestants, Roman Catholics and Orthodox. To 
make Wesley effectively accessible, a group of persons competent in Wesleyan 
studies, in 18th century studies, both American and British, have been at work 
since 1960. 

The objective is to produce a definitive critical edition of The Works of John 
Wesley with a dependable text, enabling and enlightening introductions, 
adequate footnotes, the identification of numerous scriptural and literary 
allusions that have not so far been identified, and an effective apparatus for study. 

Dean Quillian proceeded to give information regarding the length 
of the series, the pubhsher, and the expected publication 
schedule. He stated that an enterprise such as this often operates 
at a loss, and that the United Methodist seminaries, the Division 
of Ordained Ministry, and the Commission on Archives and 
History had been principal supporters of the project, along with 
some annual conference historical societies and the British 
Methodist Conference. He urged that delegates buy copies, for 



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themselves and as gifts, that church Hbraries buy copies, that 
historical societies support the project, and to be mindful of 
persons who might be willing to sponsor a volume. He indicated 
that good sales of the first volume would encourage the pubUsher 
to print larger quantities of succeeding volumes, thus permitting 
a lower price per volume. 

Address — Bishop Emilio de Carvalho 

Douglas Verdin (New York), chairperson of the Committee on 
Agenda, presented Bishop Ralph E. Dodge and asked that the 
Conference join in the singing of the hymn, "0 For a Thousand 
Tongues to Sing." 

Bishop Dodge: Bishop Tuell, members of the General Conference, and friends. 
It was some thirty years ago that a pastor and his wife in Angola, at a dedication 
service, presented their small boy at the altar of the church, dedicating his life to 
the work of the church, to the Kingdom of God. They very wisely nurtured him 
through his young manhood, and then the church joined with them in helping him 
get the background that he needed for leadership by providing a scholarship, in 
Brazil and later here in the United States at Garrett Biblical Institute and 
Northwestern University. 

Returning to his home country, he taught in the Union Theological Seminary 
until the Central Conference of 1972, and at that time the Central Conference had 
the wisdom in selecting as one of the youngest bishops in The United Methodist 
Church, Emilio de Carvalho, who is here representing his church in what I think 
is the newest nation in the world of nations, the Popular Republic of Angola. 
Bishop de Carvalho. 

Bishop de Carvalho: Mr. Chairman, members of the world-wide Methodist 
family. First of all, I want to express my deep sense of gratitude to the Courtesies 
and Privileges Committee for extending to me this high privilege to briefly 
address this General Conference. I also feel a great sense of responsibility upon 
me when I am invited to speak about issues that involve the integrity and the 
dignity of a people whose survival and preservation are so vital to the whole 
continent of Africa. I come to you from Angola, a country that has been very 
much in the news today. The history of our independence that was sacrificially 
achieved on November 11, 1975, is one of the most beautiful chapters of the 
African liberation struggle. 

The independence of Angola, the political conflicts that ended in a war of 
resistance, the reality of foreign intervention in my country, and the attempt 
from some nations to transform Angola in a battlefield between the West and 
East, between capitalism and communism, and the attempt to underestimate the 
true Angolan authenticity of our independence, the role of the Christian churches 
in that newly-independent nation, are perhaps some of the issues raised today 
when people are talking about Angola. There have been attempts to avoid the 
fundamental issue in Southern Africa today. And the fundamental issue in 
Southern Africa today is liberation. As far as my country is concerned, the 
fundamental issue has been liberation from 500 years of colonial oppression, of 
denial of human dignity, liberation from exploitation and from neo-colonialism, 
mainly on the part of those looking from the outside. 

We believe that the independence of Angola and of Mozambique will be 
meaningless as long as other oppressed peoples of Southern Africa still remain 
under regimes that deny the liberating forces of Zimbabwe, South Africa, and 



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Namibia the right to determine their own destinies and to establish the alliances 
better fitted to their anxieties. The church in Angola is not divorced from this 
struggle. We are not asking questions about church and state relationships in 
Angola because this is the first time in our history that we are a state. We did not 
struggle for the survival of the church, but we struggled for the survival and 
for the total liberation of the total Angolan people, and the church in Angola we 
feel is a part of the total Angolan community. It is not a separate entity in the 
Angolan society. Some of you may ask questions about the survival of the church 
in Angola, about the existence of the religious freedom out of your fears and 
apprehensions about the outcome of political changes in Angola. But I tell you 
that the achievement of independence in Angola does not put a question mark on 
the future and on the present of the church in Angola. On the contrary, the 
achievement of political independence gives the church in Angola great 
opportunity to become a truly Christian church. It is to avoid the main issues 
today if we think that the main isssue in Angola today is the survival of the 
church. 

Christians in my country have always been involved in the struggle for 
liberation, because we believe that the mission of the church is also God's mission: 
to see the affliction of our people, and the church is also part of the people; to hear 
the cry of the people because of their oppressors, and the church is also the 
oppressed community; and to know the suffering of the people, and the church is 
also a suffering community; and to bring liberation to the country. The church is 
also part of the process of bringing liberation to the country. I believe that the 
Christian Church in Angola exists for the sake of the people and not for its own 
sake. The church in Angola exists for the sake of the people and to minister unto 
the people. This is why we believe that in Angola the preservation of the prestige 
of the Christian Church and of the Christian missions, as institutions, is less 
important than the achievement of the dignity of the Angolan people as a whole. 
The church in Angola still bears, unfortunately, this stigma of being a foreign 
entity. Speaking particularly of The United Methodist Church in Angola, this 
church is still known in my country as "Missao Americana" — American Mission. 
And I believe that we can avoid that by being with the oppressed, and never with 
the oppressors. 

Southern Africa is experimenting significant and radical changes today. If the 
gospel of Jesus Christ is to be a relevant answer to hate, to racism, to 
misunderstandings and divisions, the Christian Church cannot remain indifferent 
to the cry and to the sufferings of the people. The Christian Church cannot excuse 
itself from participation in the ministry of liberation, of salvation, and of relief. 
Before we can really contribute to help those people who suffer from hunger and 
from misery, the Christian Church must first participate in the promotion of a 
just society, wherever it stands for an authentic gospel. We are engaged in 
creating a new church in a new society. We are trying to respond to the challenges 
of the present hour, because we believe that as Christians and as citizens we are 
an integral part of the task of national reconstruction. 

It is not easy to be a Christian in that part of our continent today, where 
pacifism is only required of those who are oppressed. However, we believe that as 
our nations march toward their full realization, the Christian Church will also go 
on fulfilling its destiny as the "salt and as the light of the world." At this very 
moment let us again remember our colleague. Bishop Abel T. Muzorewa, leader 
of the people of Zimbabwe and the leader of United Methodists in that country. 
Let us not only remember him and remember peoples of Southern Africa in our 
prayers. This will not be enough. In order that the work of this general assembly 
of The United Methodist Church can fully touch and penetrate all the aspects of 
our Christian solidarity with oppressed peoples, you must also make decisions — 
decisions that will directly help churches and peoples in Southern Africa whose 



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Christian witness is widely known to you as coming out of a very difficult situation 
many of us never went through. 

United Methodism is a "World Parish." So let it truly be. Thank you, Mr. 
Chairman. 

The Chair stated that Bishop de Carvalho would take a few 
moments to respond to questions. 

David L. Crawford (West Michigan): Bishop, the other evening you had some 
rather helpful comments to your point that it was basically an issue of liberation 
for the Angolan people, not a struggle between the East and West, and on the 
role of the United States with regard to the three movements within your 
country. Could you comment to that point? 

Bishop de Carvalho: Yes, the main issue in my country today is the issue of 
liberation. It is not the issue of the Cold War between the West and the East. It is 
very simply, to agree with me, that after 500 years of Portuguese colonialism, 
Angolan people wanted to be free. This is the main issue today. So as I said, it is 
useless to transform this main issue in a Cold War between the West and the 
East. It is not really happening in my country today. This may be an issue of the 
so-called "big powers" and not the issue of the Angolan people. 

As far as the three liberations in the country, this is not longer the present 
political reality in my country today. As you know, Angola is now an independent 
nation. It has been governed by one of those political movements in Angola, and 
we are no longer discussing the problem of three liberation movements. There are 
no longer three liberation movements. We are no longer liberation movements; 
we are an independent and a sovereign nation and the issue you put is not being 
now discussed in my country. 

S. Clifton Ives (Maine): I would like publicly to ask the Bishop a question 
regarding the two empty seats beside which I have been sitting. I have the 
privilege of sitting beside two empty seats of the Angolan delegation which makes 
me very aware of the Angolan presence by the absence of those delegates. I just 
ask him if he would bring the greetings of the Conference to those two who are 
not here and ask if there is any explanation as to why they are not present. 

Bishop de Carvalho: Yes, thank you very much. I don't have any explanation 
for their absence. Our Annual Conference elected the delegates to this General 
Conference, and I am also sorry that our delegates have not been able to come to 
this Conference yet. I had to leave earher for the Bishops' Council meeting, and I 
was very much sure that the delegates would be here last Tuesday. I think that 
they may have two difficulties. One of them is to get their tickets. I think that the 
way things were arranged this year for the so-called "overseas delegates" to come 
to this General Conference was not good to us. The fact that the tickets would be 
issued in Angola but ordered from New York has made it very difficult to get the 
tickets at the Portuguese airhnes agency in Luanda. And I think this is one of the 
difficulties. 

The other difficulty, as you know, we have the same difficulties — myself and 
my wife — to get into this country because we are travelling on Angolan passports. 
And as the United States has not yet recognized the Popular Repubhc of Angola, 
we had to wait three days in Lisbon to get a special visa to get into this country, 
and perhaps the delegates must have the same difficulties. 

D. W. Brooks (North Georgia): I have spent a large part of my life overseas in 
many of the countries both communist and non-communist. Generally, when the 
communists take over a country they start off allowing hberty for the church, but 
soon thereafter they gradually close down the churches. 

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group was very helpful in maybe bringing about this independence, the question, 
I think, in all of our minds now is whether the church will be able to maintain its 
independence in the future. 

Bishop de Carvalho: First of all, it is so difficult for you in this country to 
understand what is really going on in my country. As I said, my country was ruled 
by Portugal for 500 years, and very few people accused Portugal of oppressing the 
Angolan people. And I remember during the days of Salazar — a Portuguese 
dictator — everyone who was against Salazar was a communist. And now that we 
fought this long battle to achieve our independence you think that the communists 
took over in Angola. We cannot accept that. Communists did not take over in 
Angola. 

Angolans did achieve their independence at the high cost, the high price of our 
sons and daughters. Even if communists took over in Angola we would never be 
concerned about the future of the church because we have gone through such 
difficult days during the colonial times that the church has survived anyway. But 
I want to tell you that as long as you think that the communists took over in 
Angola, you will miss the real point. 

Edgar F. Singer (Wyoming): Bishop, would you comment on the role of the 
World Council of Churches in Angola during the troubles of recent months? 

Bishop de Carvalho: Yes, we cannot speak very much on the role of the World 
Council of Churches in recent months, but we are very grateful in Angola for the 
role the World Council of Churches has played in the whole, in the total liberation 
struggle of the African continent. The World Council of Churches has helped the 
African liberation movements in the past and we are very grateful for this. 

The Chair expressed appreciation to Bishop de Carvalho for his 
presentation and his willingness to respond to questions. 

Privilege Motions 

As a matter of privilege, Richard D. Tholin (Northern Illinois) 
moved "that this General Conference express its solidarity as 
Christians with Bishop Emilio de Carvalho and Bishop Abel 
Muzorewa as they struggle to express the liberating gospel of 
Jesus Christ in situations full of difficulty and opportunity." The 
motion was adopted. 

F. Lewis Walley (Eastern Pennsylvania) moved that the 
message delivered by Bishop de Carvalho be included in the 
Daily Christian Advocate. The Chair stated that it would be 
included as a part of the Daily Proceedings. 

Nominations from Council of Bishops 

Bishop Ralph T. Alton (Secretary, Council of Bishops) 
presented nominations as follows: 

General Council on Ministries (three persons from Central 
Conferences): 

Raiji Rathod — India 

Mrs. Birgit Lind — Northern Europe 

(to be named) — Africa 



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General Board of Pensions: 

Clergy — Earl B. Carter (South Central Jurisdiction) 
Rex M. Mixson (Southeastern Jurisdiction) 
Laymen — Clifford Aguilar (Western Jurisdiction) 

Harry Burney (Southeastern Jurisdiction) 
Laywomen — Mrs. Esther Armstrong (North Central Juris- 
diction) 

Mrs. Betty Nusbaum (Northeastern Jurisdic- 
tion) 

Commission on Archives and History: 

S. Walter Martin (Southeastern Jurisdiction) 
Eula Pryor (South Central Jurisdiction) 
Mrs. Mary Nell Waite (Southeastern Jurisdiction) 
Mrs. Betty Smith (Western Jurisdiction) 
James D. Nelsoyi (South Central Jurisdiction) 
Theodore Agnew (South Central Jurisdiction) 
Mary Jane Finger (Southeastern Jurisdiction) 
Charles Stanton (North Central Jurisdiction) 
Mrs. Laureen Burnhardt (North Central Jurisdiction) 
Gerald W. R. Ward (Northeastern Jurisdiction) 
Jose Fer7iandez (Western Jurisdiction) 
Kenneth Rowe (Northeastern Jurisdiction) 
Kenton Clymer (South Central Jurisdiction) 

Episcopal Membership on Boards and Agencies 

Council on Ministries: 

Bishop John B. Warman 
Bishop W. McFerrin Stowe 
Bishop D wight E. Loder 
Bishop Earl G. Hunt, Jr. 
Bishop Melvin E. Wheatley, Jr. 
Bishop Eric A. Mitchell 

Board of Church and Society: 

Bishop Joseph H. Yeakel 

Bishop Wilbur W. Y. Choy 

Bishop Paul A. Washburn 

(new bishop — South Central Jurisdiction) 

(new bishop — South Central Jurisdiction) 

(new bishop — North Central Jurisdiction) 

Bishop Roy C. Nichols 

Bishop Frank L. Robertson 

Bishop Carl J. Sanders 

Bishop W. Ralph Ward, Jr. 



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Board of Global Ministries: 

Bishop A. James Armstrong 
Bishop Alsie H. Carleton 
Bishop Jack M. Tuell 
Bishop Finis A. Crutchfield 
Bishop Wayne K. Clymer 
Bishop Roy C. Nichols 
Bishop Edward G. Carroll 
Bishop Jesse R. DeWitt 
Bishop D. Frederick Wertz 
Bishop William R. Cannon 
Bishop Ole E. Borgen 
Bishop Emilio de Carvalho 
Bishop Paul A. Granadosin 

Commission on Archives and History: 

Bishop John B. Warman 
Bishop James K. Mathews 

Board of Publication: 

Bishop William R. Cannon 
Bishop L. Scott Allen 

Governing Board of the National Council of Churches: 

(new bishop — North Central Jurisdiction) 
Bishop Edward G. Carroll 
Bishop Alsie H. Carleton 
Bishop Earl G. Hunt, Jr. 
Bishop Charles F. Golden 

Council on Finance and Administration: 

Bishop H. Elhs Finger, Jr. 
Bishop Paul W. Milhouse 
Bishop James S. Thomas 

Board of Discipleship: 

Bishop R. Marvin Stuart 

Bishop Robert E. Goodrich, Jr. 

Bishop Edward L. Tullis 

Bishop W. Kenneth Goodson 

Bishop A. James Armstrong 

Bishop Joel D. McDavid 

(new bishop — South Central Jurisdiction) 

(new bishop — North Central Jurisdiction) 

(new bishop — Northeastern Jurisdiction) 

Bishop Edward G. Carroll 



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Board of Higher Education and Ministry: 

Bishop Robert M. Blackburn 

Bishop Mack B. Stokes 

Bishop Lance Webb 

Bishop Carl J. Sanders 

Bishop Ernest T. Dixon 

Bishop Ralph T. Alton 

Bishop James M. Ault 

Bishop James K. Mathews 

Bishop Charles F. Golden 

(new bishop — South Central Jurisdiction) 

Board of Pensions: 

Bishop Alsie H. Carleton 

Commission on Religion and Race: 

Bishop D. Frederick Wertz 
Bishop L. Scott Allen 

Committee on Official Forms and Records: 

Bishop Paul W. Milhouse 

The persons nominated by the Council of Bishops were elected by 
vote of the Conference. 

Bishop Alton: The Discipline provides that the Council of Bishops is to present 
to the General Conference the nomination of a secretary-designate for the 
following General Conference. In connection with this procedure nominations 
from the floor are to be received. If other nominations are received the election 
would be by ballot. The Council of Bishops would like to present as a nominee for 
the General Conference of 1980, Dr. J. B. Holt. 

Opportunity was given for nominations from the floor; there 
being none, /. B. Holt (Central Texas) was elected Secretary- 
Designate for the 1980 General Conference by vote of the 
Conference. 

Recess 

Thomas Whitehead (Oregon-Idaho) made an announcement 
regarding the morning's coffee break. The Conference was in 
recess for fifteen minutes. Following the recess, Carlton Young 
led the Conference in the singing of the hymn, "Praise the Lord, 
the Almighty, the King of Creation." 

Printing of Devotional Addresses 

Ernest K. Emurian (Virginia) moved that the addresses given 
by the bishops during the morning devotional period be included 



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in the printing of the Daily Christian Advocate, and that such 
printing be retroactive to include the previous week's devotional 
addresses. H. L. Watson (North Carolina) asked a question 
regarding how the cost of such printing would be underwritten; 
Mr. Emurian responded. Gene E. Sease (Chairperson, Commis- 
sion on the General Conference) reported that it had been the 
Commission's judgment that it would be less costly if United 
Methodist Communications were to provide the addresses in both 
printed and cassette form to be sold to persons who wished them 
on a cost basis. Robert B. Carpenter (Virginia) moved, as a 
substitute for Mr. Emurian's motion, that the Conference make 
arrangements to have the devotional messages reproduced and to 
make these available to the delegates at cost. The motion to 
substitute was put to a vote and approved. The main motion, as 
substituted, was then adopted. 



Committee on Calendar — Procedural Motion 

Leroy C. Hodapp (South Indiana), chairman of the Committee 
on Calendar, on behalf of the Committee, moved "that all 
non-concurrence calendar items receiving a vote of more than 
90% of those present and voting for non-concurrence in the 
Legislative Committee be presented to the plenary session on the 
final day of the Conference under a single corporate motion for 
non-concurrence." Mr. Hodapp stated that the purpose was to 
expedite the process by which all such items have previously 
required individual consideration by the Conference, and that the 
chairpersons of all ten legislative committees had agreed to this 
motion. He also indicated that any non-concurrence report which 
received less than 90% support in the legislative committee 
would still be presented separately, and that at the time the 
blanket motion was made on the last day, it would still be possible 
to Uft specific items from it and consider them individually. The 
motion was adopted. 



Committee on Conferences, Report No. 1 (Consideration 
Resumed) 

Mr. Hodapp reminded the Conference of the parUamentary 
situation which had been reached in the consideration of this item 
at the previous session (see page 306). Wayne C. Jarvis (North 
Arkansas) moved that the proposed amended version of Par. 
831.7 be further amended by the addition of the following 
sentence: "The director shall not participate in the cabinet 
consultation on matters related to the making of appointments." 



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Mr. Jarvis: Presently there is no disciplinary limit on the tenure of Council on 
Ministries directors; there is no disciplinary provision prohibiting the interchange 
of cabinet members and Council on Ministries directors. In the absence of such 
limitation, it is possible — indeed, in some conferences, it is the fact that it now 
occurs — for a person to go from the cabinet to the director's position and, 
secondly, for the director to function in the unique role of district superintendent, 
i.e., the making of appointments. Without this amendment, a person can in effect 
function as a conference superintendent or perform a cabinet role for periods 
longer than six years. The first practice has been ruled unconstitutional by the 
Judicial Council, and the second is contrary to our Discipline. This amendment 
would specifically prohibit this practice. 



Seeing no one else who wished to speak to the amendment, the 
Chair called for the vote, and it was adopted. 

Howard J. Horton (Western Pennsylvania) moved to amend 
the report, present Par. 831.2, following the reference to "two 
representatives of the conference United Methodist Women, one 
of whom shall be the president," by adding the following: "two 
representatives from the conference United Methodist Men, one 
of whom shall be the president or his designate." He spoke in 
support of his amendment. Ted Richardson (Southwest Texas) 
asked a question; Mr. Horton responded. The Chair indicated 
that the question would be counted as a speech against the 
amendment. Robert G. Mayfield (Kentucky) spoke for the 
amendment. Franklin Blackstone, Jr. (Western Pennsylvania) 
attempted to move the previous question on all before the 
Conference; the Chair stated that the motion was not in order, 
since there had not been the requisite number of speeches against 
the amendment. Clifford Droke (California-Nevada) moved to 
suspend the rules in order to vote the previous question on all 
before the Conference. The motion to suspend the rules was 
adopted. Mr. Blackstone then moved the previous question, and 
it was adopted. 

At the Chair's request Charles D. White (Assistant Secretary) 
read Mr. Horton's amendment. It was put to a vote and adopted. 
The Committee on Conferences Report No. 1, as amended, was 
then adopted by vote of the Conference (see pages 1282-1285). 

Committee on Church and Society, Report No. 2, Calendar 
No. 108 

Mr. Hodapp called on John E. Stumbo (Kansas East), 
chairman of the legislative committee, for presentation of the 
report. Mr. Stumbo presented Richard 0. Truitt (Wisconsin), 
chairman of the sub-committee which had worked on the report, 
to respond to any questions. Mr. Truitt moved the adoption of 
the report, and it was adopted (see page 1117). 



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Committee on Church and Society, Report No. 3, Calendar 
No. 109 

Mr. Truitt moved the adoption of the report, and it was 
adopted (see page 1117). 

Committee on Church and Society, Report No. 8, Calendar 
No. 114; Minority Report, Calendar No. 115 (see pages 
1119-1130) 

Mr. Stumbo called attention to two changes to be made in the 
report as printed in the Daily Christian Advocate. Mr. Stumbo 
then indicated that there was a minority report and that it was 
the committee's intention that the Conference consider the 
majority and minority reports in accordance with Rule 36. He 
introduced Johyi D. Wo/!/ (North Indiana) for the presentation of 
the minority report. Mr. Wo^/ explained that the minority report 
was in the form of a substitute for two paragraphs of the section 
of the report entitled "IV. Marijuana"; he explained the purpose 
of the proposed substitute. 

The Chair explained that, in accordance with Rule 23, 
amendments to the original report were in order. Fletcher 
Carter (South Carolina) asked what was meant in the report by 
"a small amount"; Mr. Wolf responded. Mr. Carter moved to 
amend to include a reference to one ounce. The Chair ruled that 
this amendment related to the minority report and was not in 
order at this time. 

John M, Meares (North Carolina) moved to amend the section 
headed "II. Alcohol" by adding a new paragraph 6 at the end of 
the section, to read as follows: "We urge the Federal Trade 
Commission to develop a health hazard warning statement 
concerning the use of alcohol as a beverage and that it be affixed 
to all alcoholic beverage offered for sale." Mr. Stumbo stated that 
he could not accept the amendment on behalf of the committee. 
Mr. Meares spoke in support of his amendment, and it was 
adopted. 

Fletcher Carter (South Carolina) called the Chair's attention to 
the fact that the term "small amounts" did appear in the majority 
report in the section dealing with marijuana and moved to 
substitute the words "one ounce or less" for it; he spoke in 
support of his amendment. William. W. Reid, Jr. (Wyoming) 
spoke against the amendment on the grounds that each state, in 
its own laws, defines "small amounts" for itself. George A. 
Wright (South Georgia) spoke in support of the amendment. 
Blaine E. Taylor (Southern New England) spoke against it. Mr. 
White (Assistant Secretary) read the amendment. It was put to a 
vote and defeated. 



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C. Rex Bevins (Nebraska) moved to amend the section headed 
"VII. Psychedelics or Hallucinogens" by deleting the paragraph 
numbered "3," which dealt with studying the claims of 
psychedelic drug-related religious experience. 

Mr. Bevins: I have worked in the drug abuse field for nearly 15 years, spent 
my life in a pastoral ministry but with a particular focus on counseling many who 
are drug casualties. I have worked with a number of young people who have tried 
to find "better living through chemistry" and for those who have been in search of 
a deeper religious experience through the use of the hallucinogens and 
psychedelics, and I really believe that this particular statement is open to 
misinterpretation and that it can lead to greater experimentation with 
psychedelics in search of a deeper religious experience. Therefore, sir, I wish to 
delete this particular statement, but I support the rest of the majority report. 

The amendment was adopted. 

James A. Summers (Western North Carolina) stated that the 
majority report contained a sentence to the effect that the 
removal of felony penalties in no way implied approval or 
recognition of marijuana use or its legalization, and that the 
omission of this sentence in the minority report had not been 
called to the Conference's attention. 

Minority Report — Calendar No. 115 

The Chair called for amendments on the minority report. Heinz 
P. Fischer (South Germany) spoke against the minority report. 
John V. Moore (California-Nevada) moved to amend the minority 
report by adding a new last sentence, to read: "The removal of 
criminal penalties in no way, however, implies approval or 
encouragement of marijuana use or its legalization." 

William B. Grove (Western Pennsylvania): The discussion in the committee 
revolved around the relationship between the removal of all legal penalties and 
legalization. I would like the maker of the amendment to define how we can 
declare that the removal of all legal penalties, criminal penalties, does not 
represent legalization. 

Bishop Tuell: Does the maker of the amendment wish to respond? I interpret 
the last question as a speech against. 

Mr. Moore: There might be some individuals here from states where this is the 
case, but it is my understanding that at least if it's not a reality in some states, it 
is a possibility that citations may be given for possession of small amounts of 
marijuana as citations are given for driving offenses. 

William 0. Walker (Oregon-Idaho) spoke in favor of the 
amendment. Joe Pevahouse spoke in support of the majority 
report. John D. Wolf (North Indiana), speaking on behalf of the 
signers of the minority report, opposed the amendment on the 
grounds that the report already contained strong language 
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by the Assistant Secretary, it was put to a vote and adopted. 

Leonard Slutz (West Ohio) moved to amend the minority 
report by changing the term "criminal penalties" to "imprison- 
ment penalties"; he spoke in support of his motion. Richard 0. 
Truitt (Wisconsin) spoke against it. Floyd H. Coffman (Kansas 
East) spoke for it. William 0. Walker (Oregon-Idaho) asked a 
question; Mr. Wolf responded. Robert D. Cheyne (North 
Arkansas) asked whether the minority report had the requisite 
number of signers under Rule 33, inasmuch as only six persons 
were shown as having voted against the majority report. The 
Chair ascertained from Mr. Wolf that the minority report did 
have the required number of signers. John J. Thomas (South 
Indiana) stated that, contrary to statements which had been 
made from the Conference floor, some states do have felony 
penalties for the possession of small amounts of marijuana. 
Following the reading of the amendment by the Assistant 
Secretary, it was adopted by vote of the Conference. 

Mr. Wo// indicated that he had no further statement to make in 
behalf of the minority report. Mr. Stumbo (Kansas East) made a 
final statement in support of the majority report. 

Calendar No. 114 Adopted 

The vote on whether to substitute the minority report for the 
majority report was taken, and it was not substituted. The 
majority report was adopted as amended (see page 1119). 

Report on Second Judicial Council Ballot 

Bishop Tuell: First of all, the lay ballot for the Judicial Council — total number 
of ballots cast were 947, valid ballots 935, number needed 468; there is no election. 
The following are the names and the totals: Leonard D. Slutz, 400; Elizabeth B. 
Gundlach, 380; Kathryn Mowrey Grove, 280; Tom Reavley, 227; John E. Stumbo, 
153; Paul Webb, Jr., 139; Paul V. Shearer, 79; Julia Gibson, 77; James M. 
Dolliver, 30; Basil H. Lorch, Jr., 22; Walter Douglas, 20; Crisolito Pascual, 20; 
Rodolfo C. Beltran, 12. 

I'll now read from the clergy ballot. Number of ballots cast was 947; invalid was 
8; valid ballots, 935 {sic); number needed for election, 468. There are two 
elections. Paul A. Duffey with 550 and Gene E. Sease, 496. All right, here are the 
other totals: Charles B. Copher, 421; Alvin J. Lindgren, 248; Wayne W. Coffin, 
192; Roy C. Clark, 178; Daniel Garcia, 113; Douglas F. Verdin, 106; Richard E. 
Hamilton, 98; R. Herman Nicholson, 81; Raymond Balcomb, 80; Robert L. Close, 
65; G. Eliot Jones, 54; Clifford E. Trotter, 50; William R. Persons, 33. 

Third Judicial Council Ballot 

The Secretary gave instructions for taking the ballot. Rodolfo 
C. Beltran (Middle Philippines) asked to withdraw as a nominee. 
When the ballots had been collected, the Chair declared the ballot 
closed. 



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Committee on Administrative Order, Report No. 7, Calen- 
dar No. 87 

Leroy Hodapp (South Indiana), chairman of the Calendar 
Committee, called on David A. Duck (South Georgia), chairman 
of the legislative committee, for presentation of the report. Mr. 
Duck explained the purpose of the report, and it was adopted 
(see page 1873). 

Report No. 5, Calendar No. 85 

Mr. Duck explained that this was a non-concurrence report on 
which more than 10% of the committee had voted against 
non-concurrence, and that under the terms of the procedural 
motion adopted earlier in the session (see page ), it needed 
separate consideration by the Conference. He explained that the 
issue was whether agency members' votes on controversial issues 
should be recorded by name. Elaine J. Woodworth (Pacific 
Northwest) gave additional explanation regarding the committee 
action. Zan Holmes, Jr. (North Texas) asked a question; Mr. 
Duck responded. Mr. Holmes asked for further clarification; Mr. 
Duck responded. Omega Newman (South Carolina) spoke 
against the committee's non-concurrence recommendation. John 
Chittum (East Ohio) asked a procedural question; the Chair 
responded. Theressa Hoover (New York) spoke in support of the 
committee recommendation. The Chair asked if the (Conference 
wished to defer action on the report until a copy of the petition 
was available; the Conference voted not to defer action. Merrill 
W. Drennan (Baltimore) moved the previous question, and it was 
adopted. Mr. Duck made a final statement in behalf of the 
committee position, and the committee's non-concurrence re- 
commendation was supported by vote of the Conference (see 
page 1872). 

Report No. 13, Calendar No. 93; Report No. 14, Calendar 
No. 94 

Mr. Duck explained that the petitions called for the removal of 
the quota system, and that the committee's recommendation was 
for non-concurrence. The Conference voted to support the 
non-concurrence recommendation (see page 1874). 

He then presented Report No. 14, explaining that the issue 
was similar, and that the committee recommended non- 
concurrence with the petitions in this report also. The Confer- 
ence approved the committee report (see page 1874). 

Report No. 22, Calendar No. 102 

Mr. Duck explained that the petitions dealt with in this report 



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called for a reduction in the membership of the program boards, 
and that the committee recommended non-concurrence. The 
non-concurrence recommendation was approved (see page 1876). 

Committee on the Local Church, Report No. 1, Calendar No. 
22 

Mr. Hodapp presented Woodrow Seals (Texas), chairman of 
the legislative committee. Mr. Seals introduced the report, 
deaUng with the outline and numbering of the new disciplinary 
chapter on the local church. The report was adopted (see page 
1628). 

Report No. 2, Calendar No. 23 

Mr. Seals explained that the report would amend Par. 107 of 
the Book of Discipline by deleting the words "without regard to 
race, color, national origin or economic condition." 

Mr. Seals: We did that for two reasons. Firstly, we thought that the church has 
come to the point in time where every person has those rights set out in 
Paragraph 107, and it was not necessary at this time in the history of the church 
to quaUfy any person; and secondly, it would avoid adding other qualifications 
from other identifiable groups. 

Bishop Tuell: All right. Yes, right here. 

Blaine E. Taylor (Southern New England): I rise to speak in opposition of the 
majority for two reasons. In the first place, many of us in this church worked long 
and hard to establish the stance that now, albeit for a good cause supposedly, is 
suggested for deletion. But I think it would be misunderstood if we attack the 
problem of homosexuality by deleting such phrases "without regard to race, color, 
national origin or economic condition." This has been historically the stance of The 
Methodist Church. Let us keep it as the stance of The Methodist Church. 
Secondly, I feel that we should not avoid other issues by verbiage that avoids 
those issues. I think that we should speak to all issues clearly. 

Albert C. Outler (North Texas) spoke against the committee 
report. William C. Vaughan (Virginia) spoke for it. Richard S. 
Parker (New York) spoke against the deletion proposed by the 
committee. Mr. Seals made a final statement for the committee 
position. The Conference voted not to concur with the committee 
report (see page 1628). 

Motion to Suspend Rules 

Mr. Seals moved the suspension of the rules to permit the 
consideration of reports which had been printed for less than the 
required length of time. At the Chair's request, Mr. Hodapp 
stated that there were four other committees which could report 
some items without the suspension of the rules. Mr. Seals 
withdrew his motion. 



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Committee on Independent Commissions, Report No. 4, 
Calendar No. 17 

Mr. Hodapp presented Hector Navas (Florida), chairman of 
the committee. Mr. Navas presented the report, explaining that 
it called for an addition to the Historical Statement in the Book of 
Discipline. The report was adopted (see page 1829). Emory S. 
Bucke (Editor, Book of Discipline) asked for further guidance 
and information as to how this statement was to be presented and 
whether it would be completed in time to meet publication 
deadlines. Mr. Navas asked Woodie W. White (Detroit) to 
respond. Mr. White stated that Dr. John Graham had agreed to 
write a statement on the history of black Methodists in The 
United Methodist Church, including an historical statement on 
the Central Jurisdiction. 

Report Nos. 5, 6, 7; Calendar Nos. 18, 19, 20 

Mr. Navas presented each of the reports separately, and each 
was adopted by separate vote of the Conference, without 
discussion (see pages 1830-1831). 

Report No. 8, Calendar No. 21 

Mr. Navas presented the report. Ruth Daugherty (Eastern 
Pennsylvania) asked whether the report should read "Quadren- 
nial Committees" instead of "Quadrennial Commissions." H. 
Sharon Howell (Kansas East), secretary of the legislative 
committee, responded that the report should be corrected to read 
"committees." The report was adopted (see page 1831). 

Committee on Conferences, Report No. 2, Calendar No. 2 

Mr. Hodapp called on Bruce Blake (Kansas West), chairman of 
the committee, to present the report. It was adopted (see page 
1285). 

Report No. 19, Calendar No. 49 

Mr. Blake asked Jerry G. Bray, Jr. (Virginia), sub-committee 
chairman, to present the report. Mr. Bray explained that the 
petition was to reduce the size of the General Conference by 
one-half, and that the committee recommended nonconcurrence. 
The Conference approved the non-concurrence recommendation 
(see page 1289). 

Report No. 24, Calendar No. 54 

Mr. Bray explained that the petition proposed that persons 
elected by jurisdictional conferences to serve on general boards 
and agencies automatically become voting members of the annual 



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conference, and that the committee was recommending non- 
concurrence. The non-concurrence recommendation was adopted 
(see page 1290). 

Report No. 30, Calendar No. 60 

Mr. Bray explained that the petition would have limited the 
time a minister could serve as a conference Council on Ministries 
director, and that the committee recommended non-concurrence. 
The committee recommendation was adopted (see page 1291). 

Report No. 51, Calendar No. 137 

Mr. Blake presented a correction to the printed report. Orion 
N. Hutchinson, Jr. (Western North Carolina) stated that other 
calendar items, which were to come before the Conference later, 
would propose amendments to other portions of the same 
paragraphs amended by this report, and that action on this 
report should not preclude those subsequent actions. The report 
was adopted (see page 1295). 

Report No. 52, Calendar No. 138 

Mr. Blake explained that the purpose of the report was to 
clarify the fact that persons thirty years of age were considered 
young adults for the purpose of representation in agency 
membership. The report was adopted (see page 1296). 

Report No. 53, Calendar No. 139 

Mr. Blake explained that the purpose of the report was to 
change the discipUnary terminology referring to conference 
young adult organizations. The report was adopted (see page 
1297). 

Report No. 54, Calendar No. 140 

Mr. Bray explained that the purpose of the report was to 
recommend that consideration be given to the inclusion of 
persons from small membership churches in constituting annual 
conference agencies. The report was adopted (see page 1297). 

Report No. 55, Calendar No. 141 

Mr. Bray explained that this change was to recognize the new 
name of the Commission on the General Conference in a 
disciplinary paragraph in which that Commission's name ap- 
peared. The report was adopted (see page 1298). 

Report No. 57, Calendar No. 143 

Mr. Bray presented a change in the report as printed in the 
Daily Christian Advocate and explained that the committee 



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recommendation was for a study of the jurisdictional system, and 
that the recommendation was to go to the General Council on 
Ministries. The report was put to a vote, and the Chair stated 
that it was adopted. Franklin Blackstone (Western Pennsyl- 
vania) asked for a division of the house. The Chair asked to see 
the vote again and ruled that the report was adopted (see page 
1299). 

Report No. 56, Calendar No. 142 

Mr. Blake explained that the report would amend Par. 601 by 
deleting the word "resident" with reference to church members. 
The report was adopted (see page 1298). 

Report No. 65, Calendar No. 151 

Mr. Bray explained that the report would amend the 
constitutional provision governing eligibility for election as a 
delegate to General or Jurisdictional Conference by reducing the 
required period of United Methodist church membership prior to 
election from four to two years, and by adding the requirement of 
active participation for four years prior to election. 

The Chair stated that the Conference was within two minutes 
of an order of the day and asked for guidance as to whether to 
move into consideration of a constitutional amendment. Harry K. 
Underwood (Baltimore) moved that the session be adjourned, 
and the motion was adopted. 

Announcements and Adjournment 

J. B. Holt (Secretary) made announcements. 

Bishop Tuell: I have just received in the mail this letter which I am sure will be 
of interest to you. There are United Methodists who worship within the Soviet 
Union who had hoped to be here. They are from Estonia, and this letter gives us 
the word which we had heard earlier through other channels that though they had 
hoped to be here, that in the last minute, their visa was refused from Moscow. 
They express regret because they had hoped to be here and wished to extend 
greetings of the Methodist people in Estonia to the delegates of the General 
Conference of The United Methodist Church. They are praying for the 
Conference. 

Bishop Tuell thanked the Conference for its cooperation during 
the session. Erwin H. Schwiebert (Oregon-Idaho) expressed 
appreciation to Bishop and Mrs. Tuell for their leadership. 
Bishop John Wesley Lord dismissed the Conference with a 
prayer. 



SIXTH DAY, MONDAY, MAY 3, 1976 
AFTERNOON SESSION 

Opening — Bishop D. Frederick Wertz 

Pursuant to adjournment, the General Conference of The 
United Methodist Church convened in the afternoon session of 
the sixth day, Monday, May 3, 1976, at 2:30 p.m. in the Memorial 
Coliseum, Portland, Oregon, with Bishop D. Frederick Wertz, 
West Virginia Area, presiding. 

Carlton Young led the Conference in the singing of the hymn, 
"Be Still, My Soul." Bishop Wertz led in an opening prayer. 

Committee on Calendar 

Leroy C. Hodapp (South Indiana), chairman of the committee, 
reported that after some reports which had been printed in the 
previous day's Daily Christian Advocate had been presented, it 
was the committee's intention to ask for a suspension of the rules 
to permit consideration of items which had been printed less than 
the twenty-four hours required by the rules. He then called for 
Bruce Blake (Kansas West) to continue with the report which 
was under consideration at the end of the morning session. 

Committee on Conferences, Report No. 65, Calendar No. 

151 (Consideration Resumed) 

Mr. Blake: To clarify, the subject at the top is erroneous in part because it 
should read "Laymembers of General Conference," not just youth members. That 
was misleading to some because it does deal with the total lay membership. The 
two changes, changing four years to two years, in relationship to membership, 
and then require active participation for at least four years. 

Two reasons for this were given in the committee — first of all, the fact that 
because of our mobile society many persons move around, are in locations where 
there is no United Methodist Church for a time, and then return, and even for 
adult and young adult members of the General Conference, this is an issue that we 
discussed. The second reason for this is that many pastors in United Methodist 
Churches confirm youth in the ninth or tenth grade, which essentially eliminates 
youth participation at this level of the church if their local pastor chooses to 
confirm youth at an older age, and therefore, by the time they have been four 
years members of the church, they are no longer qualified to serve as youth 
members of the General Conference. 

Leonard Slutz (West Ohio) moved to amend the report by 
deleting the words, "one of the constituent churches forming this 
union or." Mr. Blake accepted the amendment on behalf of the 
committee. 

H. Sharon Howell (Kansas East) moved to amend the report 
by deleting the words, "shall have been active participants in The 

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United Methodist Church for at least four years next preceding 
their election." Ms. Howell explained that her reason for 
proposing the deletion of this language was that it leaves 
unanswered such questions as who would define what active 
participation means and who will be responsible for enforcing or 
certifying who has been an active participant for four years. Mr. 
Blake stated briefly the committee's reason for including the 
language. John A. Collins (New York) spoke in support of the 
report and against the amendment. Clifford Broke (California- 
Nevada) spoke in favor of Ms. Howell's amendment. A. C. Epps 
(North Georgia) asked whether the report affected the require- 
ments for election as ministerial delegates; Mr. Blake replied 
that it did not. Mr. Epps asked whether there was any other 
legislation to be presented on that subject; Mr. Blake said that 
there was none in relation to this issue. 

William B. Grove (Western Pennsylvania) moved the previous 
question on all before the Conference, and it was adopted. Ms. 
Howell's amendment was put to a vote and was defeated. The 
Chair reminded the Conference that the report involved a 
constitutional amendment and therefore required a two-thirds 
majority. It was put to a vote, and the Chair stated that it was 
adopted by the necessary two-thirds vote (see page 1300). 

Report No. 66, Calendar No. 152 

Mr. Blake explained that this report made the same changes in 
the requirements for lay membership in annual conferences as 
had just been voted for General Conference. The Chair stated 
that this was also a constitutional matter. It was put to a vote, 
and the Chair ruled that it had been approved by the required 
two-thirds majority (see page 1301). 

Committee on Higher Education and Ministry, Report No. 3, 
Calendar No. 35 

Mr. Hodapp called for reports from the Legislative Committee 
on Higher Education and Ministry and introduced the chairman, 
Thomas A. Langford (Western North Carohna). Mr. Langford 
presented the report and explained that its purpose was to 
replace present Par. 400 with a new Par. 511 which would be 
identically worded. Clifford Droke (California-Nevada) asked a 
question regarding the effect of the proposed action. Mr. 
Langford responded that this report was for deletion from the 
present Discipline and that the new material, with the paragraph 
in its new numbering, would be presented later. The report was 
adopted (see page 1415). 



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Report No. 6, Calendar No. 38 

Mr. Langford presented the report, a resolution on the subject 
"National Commission on Higher Education," and it was adopted 
(see page 1416). 

Report No. 7, Calendar No. 39 

Mr. Langford presented the report, a resolution on the 
subject, "Churchwide Support for Institutions of Higher Educa- 
tion." R. Andrew Lady (Central Pennsylvania) suggested that 
there should be an editorial correction in the last paragraph of the 
report, so that it would begin, "Be It Further Resolved, that the 
General Conference and the Annual Conferences ..." The 
correction was accepted by Mr. Langford. Vernon Bigler 
(Western New York) called attention to a misprint in the report 
as printed, and Mr. Langford indicated the manner in which the 
report should be corrected. The report was adopted (see page 
1417). 

Report No. 9, Calendar No. 41 

Mr. Langford presented the report, which dealt with the 
continuation of the Ministerial Education Fund with the reten- 
tion of the 2% funding plan for the 1977-80 quadrennium. James 
L. Carraway (Western Pennsylvania) asked whether this item 
was in conflict with a recommendation which would be coming 
from the Committee on Financial Administration. Mr. Langford 
stated that it was, and that a decision needed to be made on the 
appropriate way to handle the matter. C. W. Hancock (South 
Georgia) moved that consideration of the report be postponed 
until the Committee on Financial Administration made its report 
on this subject. The motion to postpone was adopted. 

Report No. 10, Calendar No. 106 

Mr. Langford presented editorial corrections in the report as 
printed. The report, a resolution on the subject "Churchwide 
Support for Campus Ministries," was adopted (see page 1419). 

Report on Third Judicial Council Ballot 

The Chair stated that there was a report on the ballot for 
members of the Judicial Council and asked the Secretary to read 
the results. 

Mr. Holt (Secretary): Bishop Wertz, members of the Conference, Ballot 
Number 3, Judicial Council, clergy ballot. Ballots cast, 954; invalid ballots, 24; 
valid ballots, 930; number needed to elect, 466. Ballot is as follows: Charles B. 
Copher, 491, and he is elected. Bishop, that completes the clergy. Do you want to 
read the rest of the clergy votes? 



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Bishop Wertz: I think it is not necessary. The house does not seem to desire 
that information. 

Mr. Holt: All right. Ballot Number 3 on the Judicial Council for lay members. 
954 ballots cast; 25 invalid; 929 valid ballots; number needed to elect, 465. Ballots 
are as follows: Elizabeth B. Gundlach, 493 and she is elected. The next one, 
Leonard D. Slutz, 468 and he is elected. Bishop, that completes the Judicial 
Council regular members needed to be elected. 

First Ballot — Judicial Council Alternates 

Mr. Holt stated that there were three clergy and four lay- 
persons to be elected as alternate members of the Judicial 
Council. He gave instructions for the taking of the ballot. The 
Chair explained further that one of the lay alternate members to 
be elected would fill the place created by the election of Mrs. 
Gundlach as a regular member of the Judicial Council, and that 
the term would expire in four years; the terms of the other six 
persons to be elected would expire in eight years. 

Mr. Holt indicated that two names on the ballot should be 
stricken: Elizabeth Gundlach, who was elected a regular 
member, and Crisolito Pascual, whose term as an alternate 
member had not yet expired. /. Kenneth Forbes (South Indiana) 
asked for the full result of the previous ballot to be read. 

Charles White (Assistant Secretary): Continuing the complete ballot after 
Elizabeth Gundlach who was elected and Leonard Slutz who was elected, 
Kathryn Mowrey Grove, 272; Tom Reavley, 222; John E. Stumbo, 121; Paul 
Webb, Jr., 89; Paul V. Shearer, 46; Julia Gibson, 39; Crisolito Pascual, 23; James 
M. Dolliver, 17; Basil H. Lorch, Jr., 14; Walter Douglas, 13; Rodolfo C. Beltran, 
1; but he had withdrawn before that. 

Now, the clergy. After Charles B. Copher, who was elected; Alvin J. Lindgren, 
126; Wayne W. Coffin, 109; Roy C. Clark, 71; Daniel Garcia, 28; R. Herman 
Nicholson, 25; Raymond E. Balcomb, 23; Douglas F. Verdin, 20; Robert L. Close, 
13; Richard E. Hamilton, 11; G. Eliot Jones, 7; William R. Persons, 4; Clifford E. 
Trotter, 4. 

Augusta Carruth (South Georgia) asked that the names of all 
Judicial Council alternates whose terms had not expired be read. 
Mr. White identified Paul G. Gilmore, Will M. Hildebrand, 
Duncan Hunter, Arnold Madsen, and Crisolito Pascual as those 
who would be continuing. 

After ascertaining that the ballots had all been collected, the 
Chair declared the ballot closed. 

Committee on Independent Commissions 

Mr. Hodapp called on Hector Navas (Florida), chairman of the 
committee, for reports from the Legislative Committee on 
Independent Commissions. Mr. Navas asked that the Confer- 
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Mama Mujing Kamwashi, both of Zaire, and to Tom Cloyd to 
serve as translator. While they were coming, Mr. Navas made a 
statement regarding when the committee would report back to 
the Conference on the bicentennial resolution which had been 
referred to them. 

Report No. 15, Calendar No. 30 (see page 1834) 

Mr. Navas presented the report, dealing with the creation of a 

standing Commission on the Status and Role of Women. Pat 

Stroman (Central Texas) spoke in opposition to the report. 

Kathryn Carroll (California-Nevada) spoke in support of it. 

George A. Wright (South Georgia) spoke against it. JoAnne 

Wilshusen (Southwest Texas) spoke for it. 

Reta Barto (Eastern Pennsylvania) moved to amend the report 

by adding at the end of the first sentence the words, "for the 

quadrennium 1976-80." She spoke in support of her amendment. 

Ben F. Jordan (North Arkansas) spoke against it. James A. 

Starr (Detroit) spoke for it. 

Barbara R. Thompson (Baltimore): I speak in opposition to the amendment. I 
agree wholeheartedly that the commission should not have to spend four years 
defending its existence. If you've had an opportunity to read the report of the 
commission, and I think 'we have a very good report — I know that is a biased 
opinion — but I think that we have well stated the work that we have attempted to 
do during the last quadrennium. And if you read between the lines, you will see 
that we have very much been involved with the point of trying to say to the 
church, "the job is not done." 

If we do in fact establish this as a quadrennial commission, we will be wasting 
time in the process of attempting to defend the fact that the United Methodist 
Church is not yet fully inclusive. If you will look around you, yes, there are more 
women present in the General Conference delegations than in previous years. But 
that came about because of hard work by many committed women and men in the 
church to make that possible. We are recommending that it should be a standing 
commission because the job is not done. As we say in our report, we have an 
over-arching goal that by the end of the century sexism will be eliminated from 
the life of The United Methodist Church. We feel it should be an independent 
commission because if it is attached to anybody it is not independent, cannot 
work, cannot move out and will find itself very much impeded by those who have 
not yet seen the vision that the church can be inclusive, given the opportunity. So 
I speak in opposition to the amendment. 

Charles Purdham (Minnesota) moved the previous question on 
all before the Conference. William C. Vaughan (Virginia) asked a 
question regarding the cost of continuing the Commission. With 
respect to the previous question motion, Jerry G. Bray, Jr. 
(Virginia) asked whether there had been the prescribed number 
of speeches for and against the report. The Chair stated that 
there had been only one speech against. Kathy LaPoint 
(California-Nevada) called the Chair's attention to the fact that 



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there had been two speeches against. Richard L. Christopher 
(South Indiana) asked whether there was any difference between 
a standing commission and a permanent commission. Mr. Navas 
responded. Mr. Christopher asked for further clarification, and 
Mr. Navas responded again. Barbara Thompson (Baltimore) 
stated that "permanent" and "standing" were synonymous in 
relation to this issue. 

Jerry Bray (Virginia) moved the previous question on the 
amendment, and the motion was adopted. Charles White 
(Assistant Secretary) read the amendment for the Conference, 
and it was put to a vote and defeated. 

Billy M. Starnes (Tennessee) spoke in favor of adoption of the 
legislative committee report. C. W. Hancock (South Georgia) 
moved to amend the report by inserting, in the first sentence of 
the proposed legislation, the words, "and a Commission on the 
Status and Role of Men." He spoke in support of the amendment. 
John E. Stumbo (Kansas East) spoke against it. Horace F. Ether 
moved to defer consideration of the report until certain other 
calendar items were considered. The Chair observed that the 
other calendar items in question were nonconcurrence items and 
would not be considered individually unless the Conference voted 
for separate consideration of them. Leigh Roberts (Wisconsin) 
raised a point of order, asking whether the amendment was 
germane to the proposal contained in the committee report. The 
Chair ruled that it was not germane, that the estabhshment of a 
commission on the status and role of men was a separate question 
from the establishment of a continuing Commission on the Status 
and Role of Women, and that the amendment was therefore out 
of order at this time. 

Alice G. Morrison (Oregon-Idaho) moved the previous ques- 
tion on all before the Conference, and the motion was adopted. 
William C. Vaughan (Virginia) asked again for information as to 
the cost of the Commission. At the Chair's request, Merrill W. 
Drennan (Baltimore) reported that the amount which would be 
later recommended to the Conference for inclusion in the World 
Service budget for the commission was $200,000 annually. 
Calendar No. 30 was put to a vote and was adopted. 

Report No. 9, Calendar No. 24 

Mr. Navas presented the report, deahng with the estabhsh- 
ment of annual conference Commissions on the Status and Role of 
Women. He asked that the Conference hear a statement from 
Mama Kat Namwan (Southern Zaire). 

Mama Kat Namwan: (Tom Cloyd translates) I'm happy to be with you here at 
this General Conference. First, in the name of the women in Zaire and for myself, 



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we pray for peace and happiness in Jesus Christ. It is our desire and the desire of 
our Conference to work with the women of The United Methodist Church in 
America, both with the women in America and join wth all the women in the 
world in this great work. 

In this new work for women has begun already here in America. This work has 
already begun here in America for progress for women. The progress for women 
to become pastors and leaders in the Church has begun here in America. We pray 
for the women in America to help teach us also so that our Church can move 
ahead. It is wise and good for us to help each other, and it is good for us to help 
one another in this time in which we live. 

We hope and pray to also be included in the Committee for Women's work. We 
want to be included and not be apart from, but to be a part of this great women's 
commission here. The women of America have the experience to help others all 
over the world and to help us. Don't forget us and to help us as we want to be 
included in this great endeavor. Thank you very much. 

Ruth Daugherty (Eastern Pennsylvania) moved to amend the 
report by adding, at the end of the first sentence of the proposed 
legislation, the words "or other structural unit." She spoke in 
support of the amendment. Ben F. Jordan (North Arkansas) 
spoke against it. Patricia Soderholm moved to amend the 
amendment to read "or other comparable structural unit"; Mrs. 
Daugherty accepted the addition to her amendment. Omega 
Newman (South Carolina) opposed the amendment. S. Clifton 
Ives (Maine) observed that there was other legislation being 
proposed which related to the permissiveness of annual confer- 
ence structure, that this was a question the Judicial Council had 
considered, and that it would probably be dealt with again by the 
Conference. Arthur B. Oot, Jr. (Northern New York) spoke in 
favor of the amendment, arguing that it would be helpful to small 
annual conferences. Michael Watson (South Carolina) stated that 
the other legislation to which Mr. Ives had referred related only 
to the four program boards. 

Charles Stewart (Florida) moved the previous question, and 
the motion was adopted. Charles White (Assistant Secretary) 
read the amendment, and it was adopted. 

George E. Naff, Jr. (Holston) moved to amend the section of 
the proposed legislation dealing with the membership of the 
commissions, the second sentence, by inserting the words, "each 
member to be a member of The United Methodist Church." He 
spoke in support of the amendment, and it was adopted. 

The report was put to a vote and was adopted as amended (see 
page 1832). 

Matter of Privilege 

Mr. Hodapp (Chairman, Committee on Calendar) called for 
reports from the Legislative Committee on Council on Ministries. 



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Walter Thompson (Southern New England) was recognized for 
a matter of privilege. 

Mr. Thompson: I would move the following resolution for adoption by this 1976 
General Conference of The United Methodist Church: "Because the Boston school 
crisis has remained unresolved for at least the past twelve years, despite 
affirmative rulings by the United States Supreme Court, the United States 
Circuit Court of Appeals, the Federal District Court and the Commonwealth's 
Superior Court of Appeals, and because children are being denied an education, 
because of vandahsm and assault on school property, as well as teachers, parents 
and students, and because the governor of Massachusetts has employed the 
National Guard and approved the use of federal marshals to protect the 
constitutional rights of children and adults in Boston, and also has the support of 
the Commissioner of the Boston Police Department; and, although Methodism is a 
numerical minority church in the Boston Area, that nevertheless the resident 
bishop, Edward G. Carroll, as well as leaders of laity and clergy, have exerted 
influence far beyond Methodism's numerical strength; and because the United 
States District Justice W. Arthur Garrity has demonstrated unusual patience, 
moderation, and yet heroic firmness in complying with decisions of the United 
States Supreme Court, as well as the clear mandates of the Constitution; and 
because the members of our Southern New England Annual Conference 
delegation, present at this General Conference, are deeply concerned and 
indignant inasmuch as the crisis in Boston is not improving, but gives evidence of 
becoming more acute, and of dangerous proportions in a region known historically 
for its commitment to law and order; I ask that this General Conference today 
condemn and deplore the breakdown of law and order, personal and public 
security in the Boston area, and specifically the Boston Public Schools, and 
further use the communications personnel present at this General Conference to 
proclaim to the nation and to the world our Christian concern for our brothers and 
sisters in the Metropolitan Boston area." I am signing this, Walter L. Thompson, 
on behalf of the Southern New England Conference delegation. 

The Chair ruled that under the rules of the Conference the 
resolution would be automatically referred to the Committee on 
Agenda and would come back to the Conference for consideration 
at a time determined by that committee. 

Committee on Council on Ministries, Report No. 3, Calendar 
No. 125 

G. Ross Freeman (South Georgia), chairman of the legislative 
committee, presented the report, calling for leadership at all 
levels of the church to continue the emphasis outlined during the 
current quadrennium in the Bishops' Call to Peace and Self- 
Development of Peoples. The report was adopted (see page 1775). 

Report No. 1, Calendar No. 123 

Mr. Freeman noted that the committee action in this report 
was for non-concurrence, but that more than ten percent of the 
committee disagreed with the action of the full committee, and 
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Conference separately. He called on Ruth Daugherty (Eastern 
Pennsylvania), vice-chairwoman of the committee, for presenta- 
tion of the report. 

Mrs. Daugherty: This petition refers to \he Discipline, Par. 828.2, which deals 
with the matter of making changes in missional priorities necessitated by 
emergencies or by other significant developments between General Conferences 
which would substantially affect the life of the church and gives the authority to 
make adjustments in program allocations accordingly. 

The amendment to this as it was proposed would come at the conclusion and I 
will read a few, it provides for this adjustment to be made after consultation with 
the affected boards and agencies and approved by two-thirds vote of the CouncD 
on Finance and Administration with this to be added ". . . and a two-thirds vote 
of the Council of Bishops ..." The reason given for this proposal was that this 
would involve all three councils in the decision — the General Council on 
Ministries, the General Council on Finance and Administration and the Council of 
Bishops. It was the feeling of the committee that the bishops do have input into 
this decision-making as members of the General Council on Ministries and the 
GCFA, and also the boards and agencies who would be involved. 

Mr. Freeman added a brief additional explanation. Larry A. 
Bauman (North Georgia) spoke in opposition to the recommen- 
dation of non-concurrence. The Chair made a statement explain- 
ing the effect of positive and negative votes on the report. The 
report was put to a vote, and the committee recommendation of 
non-concurrence was defeated (see pages 337, 1775). 

Report No. 4, Calendar No. 126 

Mr. Freeman: The subject is the Jurisdictional Council on Ministries. Again, 
there were 65 voting in favor of nonconcurrence and 15 voting against it. The 
issue here is the two sentences in the 1972 Book of Discipline having to do with 
the Jurisdictional Council on Ministries. There is no suggested outline of purpose 
or possible organization for such a council as that. The petition which came to us 
outlined a purpose which is in keeping with the purpose of the General Council on 
Ministries and basically the same kind of organizational pattern. The committee 
recommended nonconcurrence, and the minority group felt that it would be well, 
since it is permissive anyway, if guidelines or suggestions were included for the 
organization of a Jurisdictional Council on Ministries. The matter, I believe, is 
before us. 

Clifford Droke (California-Nevada) asked a question regarding 
the preceding action on Report No. 1. He asked whether the 
effect of the Conference's vote had been to support the petition, 
or whether an additional action was required. The Chair replied 
that the same question had been under discussion on the 
platform, and that the Conference would return to that issue 
after action on Repoi't No. 4. 

James W. Turner (Virginia) asked if Mr. Freeman would read 
the petition, stating that, as a member of the committee, he 
recalled that the petition set forth rather specifically the 



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membership of jurisdictional Councils on Ministries. Mr. 
Freeman replied that the membership was outlined, but that the 
language was all permissive. 

Floyd H. Coffman (Kansas East) moved that Report No. 1 be 
re-referred to the Committee on Council on Ministries. The Chair 
ruled that the motion was out of order, since a different report 
was now under consideration. 

George A. Wright (South Georgia) spoke in opposition to the 
committee recommendation of non-concurrence. Charles Purd- 
ham (Minnesota) spoke in favor of the committee report. Jerry G. 
Bray, Jr. (Virginia) asked that the legislation proposed in the 
petition be read. Ruth Daugherty (Eastern Pennsylvania), 
vice-chairwoman of the committee, read the proposed legislation 
from the petition. Merrill W. Drennan (Baltimore) moved to 
amend the petition as read by substituting "may" for "shall" 
wherever it appeared. The amendment was adopted. Robert 
Courtney (East Ohio) spoke in favor of the committee's 
non-concurrence recommendation. Fletcher Carter (South 
Carolina) asked whether a vote to sustain the committee would 
have any effect on jurisdictional Councils on Ministries now 
operative. Mr. Freeman responded; Mr. Carter asked for further 
clarification. Mr. Freeman stated that supporting the committee 
position would have no effect on existing structures. 

Harry K. Underwood (Baltimore) moved the previous question 
on all before the Conference, and the motion was adopted. 
Charles White (Assistant Secretary) outlined the parliamentary 
situation. Leigh Roberts (Wisconsin) asked for clarification; Mr. 
White responded. The committee recommendation of non- 
concurrence was adopted (see page 1776). 

Report No. 1, Calendar No. 123, Consideration Resumed 

Floyd H. Coffman (Kansas East) asked that his motion for 
re-referring this report to the legislative committee, previously 
ruled out of order, be considered at this time. The Chair stated 
that by common consent the Conference would return to that 
item at this time (see pages 335, 1775). 

Paul E. Myers (Central Pennsylvania) spoke in opposition to 
the referral and in support of a role for the Council of Bishops in 
the changing of missional priorities between sessions of the 
General Conference. John A. Collins (New York) spoke for 
referral and in opposition to such a role for the Council of 
Bishops. Kathy LaPoint (California-Nevada) spoke against 
referral and in favor of the Conference deciding the issue. 
Thomas L. Cromwell (East Ohio) attempted to speak against 
referral, but the Chair ruled that a speech in favor of it was next 



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in order. Mary Metzel (Oklahoma) spoke in favor of referral. Mr. 
Cromwell opposed it. Robert J. McCune (Central New York) 
spoke for referral, stating that there were issues which needed to 
be clarified if the Conference was going to act on the proposal in a 
positive form. 

Melvin M. Firikbeiner (Pacific Northwest) moved the previous 
question on all before the Conference, and it was adopted. The 
motion to re-refer the issue to the legislative committee was 
defeated. 

Roy C. Clark (Tennessee) moved to amend Par. 828.2, 1972 
Book of Discipline, by adding the words, "and approval by a 
two-thirds vote of the Council of Bishops." He spoke in support of 
the motion. Charles Purdham (Minnesota) asked how to get a 
count vote on the motion. The Chair advised that he call for a 
division of the house at the time of the vote. Clifford Droke 
(California-Nevada) asked whether it was the purpose of the 
amendment to involve the Council of Bishops in voting on budget 
adjustments or in voting on missional priorities. Mr. Clark 
rephed that it was to involve them in changing missional 
priorities and that he beheved the amendment did that. 

Mr. Droke moved to amend Mr. Clark's motion by placing the 
reference to the Council of Bishops at a different place in the 
sentence, so that it would read, "Upon a two-thirds vote of the 
members of the General Council on Ministries present and voting 
and upon a two-thirds vote of the members of the Council of 
Bishops present and voting, the General Council on Ministries 
may make changes in missional priorities ..." (the remainder of 
the section to read as in the 1972 Book of Discipliyie). Horace F. 
Ether (Eastern Pennsylvania) expressed the view that the 
Council of Bishops should have input on the allocation of funds for 
such changes in priorities. 

Robert Kesler (Southern California-Arizona): A clarification. I am not quite 
sure as a Church how it is that we deal with the power-making decision, and I 
want to ask the question out of my innocence and naivete. The bishops of the 
Church as a council make their presentation to the church at the General 
Conference — the state of the Church, their recommendations, etc. — which are 
then voted upon by the legislative body, the elected lay and clerical 
representatives — members of the body. 

My question in reality is, is the procedure being recommended now giving to 
the Council of Bishops — not as members of either General Council on Finance and 
Administration and the General Council on Ministries, but now as a body, a part 
in the policy-making or decision-making that is really for those who are elected to 
the legislative bodies? I hope I have not made that so poorly that you cannot 
understand my question. 

At Mr. Freemayi's request, Mr. Clark responded. 



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Roy C. Clark (Tennessee): As the issue is understood by me in making the 
motion, we are speaking of changing the missional priorities during a 
quadrennium; and we are proposing that in that decision the Council of Bishops, 
as those who have direct supervision of the Ufe of the Church, be involved in that 
decision. It is my feeling, and the feeling of some who have shared in this 
viewpoint, that this will provide for those who are daily and weekly and monthly 
in touch with the life of the Church as it is being fulfilled to be a part of the 
decision-making process between the sessions of the legislative body. 

Paul A. Duffey (Alabama-West Florida) spoke against the 
motion and the amendment and in favor of the legislative 
committee's original recommendation of non-concurrence. 

John F. Walker (Little Rock) moved the previous question, 
and it was adopted. Albert C. Outler (North Texas) asked 
whether Mr. Clark's motion or Mr. Droke's substitute was 
before the Conference. The Chair rephed that Mr. Droke's 
substitute would be put to a vote first. 

L. Bevel Jories (North Georgia) requested that the chairman of 
the legislative committee give a definitive statement of the 
rationale that guided the committee in its recommendation of 
non-concurrence. Mr. Freeman stated the issue which was 
before the committee and the Conference in the petition. Melvin 
G. Talbert (Southern CaUfornia-Arizona) raised a parhamentary 
inquiry as to whether Mr. Freeman was representing the 
committee position or the minority position. Mr. Freeman 
responded that the committee rationale was stated in the printed 
legislative committee report. Charles White (Assistant Secre- 
tary) read Mr. Droke's substitute, and it was adopted. Charles 
Purdham (Minnesota) called for a division of the house, but it 
failed to receive the one-third vote of the Conference necessary 
to sustain such a call. Mr. Droke's motion, having become the 
main motion by action of the Conference, was put to a vote and 
adopted (see page 1775). 



Committee on Financial Administration, Report No. 13, 
Calendar No. 167; Report No. 16, Calendar No. 170 

Mr. Hodapp called for reports of the Legislative Committee on 
Financial Administration. Thomas P. Moore (East Ohio), chair- 
man of the committee, presented the reports, deahng with 
petitions requesting that the pension of bishops be the same as 
for other United Methodist ministers. Mr. Moore noted that the 
committee was recommending non-concurrence on both peti- 
tions. The reports were presented and put to a vote separately, 
and in both cases the committee's recommendation for non- 
concurrence was supported by the Conference (see pages 1696, 
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Report No. 10, Calendar No. 164 

Mr. Moore presented the report, dealing with participation in 
Project Equality, and it was adopted (see page 1695). Merrill W. 
Drennan (Baltimore) asked whether there was to be any more 
specific direction from the General Conference regarding the 
financial contribution mentioned in the report. Mr. Moore replied 
that there would be another report presented at another time on 
that subject. 

Question Regarding Letter from Estonian Church 

Torrey A. Kaatz (West Ohio) inquired whether there was to be 
any response from the General Conference to the letter from the 
Estonian church which had been read at the close of the morning 
session. Douglas F. Verdin (New York) repHed that the matter 
was before the Committee on Courtesies and Privileges and 
would be reported back with an appropriate response. 

Adjournment 

J. B. Holt (Secretary) made announcements. Bishop Wertz 
expressed appreciation to the Conference and to Bishops 
Mathews and Alton for the cooperation and assistance given him 
as presiding officer. Bishop T. Otto Nail dismissed the Confer- 
ence session with prayer. 



SIXTH DAY, MONDAY, MAY 3, 1976 
EVENING SESSION 

Opening — Bishop Eugene M. Frank 

Pursuant to adjournment, the General Conference of The 
United Methodist Church convened in the evening session of the 
sixth day, Monday, May 3, 1976, at 7:30 p.m. in the Memorial 
Cohseum, Portland, Oregon, with Bishop Eugene M. Frank, 
Arkansas Area, presiding. 

Carlton Young introduced the organist for the session, Phillip 
Baker, organist-choirmaster of the Multnomah United Presbyte- 
rian Church, Portland. Mr. Yming led the Conference in the 
singing of two stanzas of "He Leadeth Me." Bishop Frank led the 
Conference in unison prayer. 

Committee on Courtesies and Privileges 

Thomas P. Grissom (California-Nevada), secretary of the 
committee, presented the report. He asked that Earl B. Carter 
(North Arkansas) be recognized for a matter of privilege. Mr. 
Carter reported that the two annual conferences in Arkansas had 
organized a Joint Committee on the History of Arkansas 
Methodism, and that under its direction Dr. Walter Vernon had 
written and compiled a book on that subject. Dr. Vernon joined 
Mr. Carter in presenting the first copy of the new book to Bishop 
Frank. Bishop Frank expressed appreciation for it. 

Report on First Ballot for Judicial Council Alternate 
Members 

J. B. Holt (Secretary) read the results of the ballot. 

Mr. Holt: Bishop Frank and members of the Conference, the results of the first 
ballot for the alternates for the Judicial Council. Votes cast, 932; invalid ballots, 
22; valid ballots, 910; number needed for election, 456. The lay ballot is as follows: 
Tom Reavley, 597, and he is elected. John E. Stumbo, 581, and he is elected. 
Kathryn Mowrey Grove, 555, and she is elected. Paul Webb, Jr., 454; Paul V. 
Shearer, 439; Julia Gibson, 319; James M. DoUiver, 248; Walter Douglas, 160; 
Basil H. Lorch, Jr., 113. 

Bishop Frank: Thank you very much. Any further question about this? The 
clergy? All right, now the clergy report, please. 

Mr. Holt: Votes cast, 931; invalid ballots, 20; valid ballots, 911; number needed 
for election, 456. Clergy votes as follows: Alvin J. Lindgren, 566, and he is 
elected. Wayne W. Coffin, 456 votes, and he is elected. The other clergy votes: 
Roy C. Clark, 433; Daniel Garcia, 217; Douglas F. Verdin, 158; Raymond E. 
Balcomb, 151; Richard E. Hamilton, 149; Robert L. Close, 131; R. Herman 
Nicholson, 125; EUot Jones, 106; Clifford E. Trotter, 96; William R. Persons, 51. 

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Second Ballot for Judicial Council Alternate Members 

Mr. Holt gave instructions for preparing the ballot, on which 
delegates were to vote for one lay and one clergy person. When 
the ballots had been collected, the Chair declared the ballot 
closed. 

Committee on Central Conference Affairs 

Leroy Hodapp (South Indiana), chairman of the Committee on 
Calendar, called for reports from the Committee on Central 
Conference Affairs. Bishop Ole Borgen (Northern Europe 
Central Conference), chairman of the committee, presented the 
report. He called attention to the reports as printed in the Daily 
Christian Advocate and stated that they had been presented to 
and reviewed by the Committee on Conferences and that they 
had approved them without any further amendments or recom- 
mendations. He outUned the contents of the reports and 
presented some editorial corrections. 

Bishop Borgen asked that the Conference act first on Report 
No. 8, deaUng with the division of the Zaire Area. He explained 
that since the authority of the General Conference is to decide 
how many bishops will be elected by a Central Conference, the 
action of the committee was to recommend that the Africa 
Central Conference be authorized to elect five bishops. Reta 
Barto (Eastern Pennsylvania) asked a question; the Chair 
responded. Report No. 8 was adopted (see page 1983). 

Bishop Borgen called attention to Report No. 1, section B 
("New Requests"), sub-section 1, dealing with the change in 
name of the Central Conference in the Federal Repubhc of 
Germany and West Berlin. He asked for Conference action on 
this portion of the report, and it was adopted (see page 1976). 

Bishop Borgen then presented Report No. 4, dealing with the 
continuation of the Southwest Philippines Provisional Confer- 
ence, for adoption. Augusta Carruth (South Georgia) asked a 
question regarding an action of the 1972 General Conference 
granting approval for the church in the Philippines to become 
autonomous. Bishop Borgen explained that permission had been 
granted for the conferences in the Philippines to become 
autonomous if they so decided, and that they had not yet made 
this decision. Report No. 4 was adopted (see page 1980). 

Bishop Borgen then presented Report No. 1, Section III A, 
1-10 for adoption, and that portion of the report was approved 
(see page 1975). He then presented changes in Section III A, 11, 
and asked for its adoption. 

Billy M. Starnes (Tennessee): I'm referring to 11(a), the use of the name 
"Zimbabwe." I would personally hope, and sincerely pray that this is prophetic. 



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but as of this date there is no such country. And I question our use of that 
nomenclature. 

Bishop Frank: You may want to speak to that. 

Bishop Borgen: There are other people who think there is no such nation as 
Rhodesia. 

Bishop Frank: All right, back here if you please. Microphone 13. 

Orion N. Hutchinson, Jr. (Western North Carolina): In the preceding 
legislation, and in this one, reference is made to the China Central Conference. I 
would like to know what is the status in regard to that conference. That is, what 
bishops are in active service and what territory specifically the China Central 
Conference is now designated to cover. 

Bishop Borgen: Well the answer is quite clear, none, but we feel, and the last 
General Conference did the same, that since we do not have sufficient knowledge 
nor do we see what lies in the future that it would be unwise to formally delete 
this from our records since we have experiences from the time after the second 
World War where there were sections of the Church, as a matter of fact in my 
area, which we thought had disappeared completely. Nothing was done about the 
changing and suddenly after about 10 or 12 years after the war we discovered a 
Church still alive there and there was still a connection, and that is the reason 
why we suggest that we keep it in until the time has come when it is crystal clear 
there is nothing more or whether there should be another form of work. 

Report No. 1, Section III A, 11 was approved (see page 1976). 

Section IIIB, 2(a), dealing with proposed changes in Par. 1283, 
\WJ2Book of Discipline, was presented for adoption. Thomas L. 
Cromwell (East Ohio) moved that action be deferred until the 
Committee on Central Conference Affairs and the Committee on 
Plan of Organization and Rules of Order have an opportunity to 
consult on it. He spoke in support of his motion. Bishop Borgen 
agreed, and Mr. Cromwell's motion was adopted. 

Bishop Borgen then presented Section IIIB, 2(b), dealing with 
a proposed change in Par. 983, and it was adopted (see page 
1977). 

Report No. 1, Section IIIB, 2(c), dealing with a proposed 
change in Par. 1082.6, was then presented. Horace F. Ether 
(Eastern Pennsylvania) asked a question regarding the correla- 
tion of this change with another proposed change in Par. 803; 
Bishop Borgen responded. Section IIIB, 2(c) was adopted (see 
page 1977). 

Bishop Borgen then presented a second proposal to amend Par. 
1082.6, contained in Report No. 1, Section IIIB, 2 (d), and it was 
adopted (see page 1977). 

He then presented Section IIIB, 2(e), which was a proposal to 
amend Par. 646. Reta Barto (Eastern Pennsylvania) asked if it 
would be in order to propose an amendment to Par. 646.4. Bishop 
Borgen stated that there was a petition pending on that section, 
and the Chair asked that Mrs. Barto present her amendment at 
the time that report was brought before the Conference. Section 
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Bishop Borgen attempted to present Report No. 1, Section 
IIIB, 3 for action. The chair asked if he did not intend to present 
the report to which Mrs. Barto's amendment related at this time. 
Bishop Borgen replied that that report had not yet been printed. 
After brief discussion with the Chair, Mrs. Barto moved to delay 
further action on the committee's report until that report was 
brought to the floor. Bishop Borgen asked whether Mrs. Barto's 
concern related to the portion of the report he was trying to 
present. She replied that it related to Par. 646, which had been 
amended by action on the previous section of his report. At the 
Chair's request, Leroy C. Hodapp (South Indiana), chairman of 
the Committee on Calendar, offered as a procedural suggestion 
that the Conference continue to act on the report as presented by 
Bishop Borgen, but that action on the report as a whole be 
delayed until the report in question was printed and considered 
by the Conference. Mrs. Barto accepted the suggestion. Vernon 
Bigler (Western New York) asked Mrs. Barto to indicate the 
nature of the concern she wished to raise; she responded. 

Bishop Borgen presented Report No. 1, Section IIIB, 3 for 
action, explaining that it called for a study of Central Conference 
structures and requested that $5,000 be allocated for such a 
study. The Chair asked whether the request had been before the 
Council on Finance and Administration. Bishop Borgen indicated 
that it had not, and the Chair stated then that the action would be 
for referral to that Council. Bishop Borgen asked whether it 
would then be reported back to the Conference, and the Chair 
stated that it would. The item was adopted and referred (see 
pages 1977-1978). 

Bishop Borgen presented Report No. 2, deaUng with a petition 
to create additional Central Conferences in Africa. He pointed 
out that the recommendation was to refer this request to the 
study committee which had just been approved. The report was 
adopted (see page 1978). 

Bishop Borgen presented Report No. 3, explaining that it dealt 
with the request of the Evangelical Methodist Church in the 
Philippines to become an affiUated autonomous Methodist 
church. He explained that this body had come out of the former 
Methodist church and had been autonomous for many years and 
was now requesting this relationship, and that the committee 
was recommending concurrence. The report was adopted (see 
page 1979). 

Bishop Borgen presented Report No. 5, which recommended 
an extension, until 1980, of the enabling act giving the Philippines 
Central Conference the right to decide whether it wants to 
become an affiliated autonomous Methodist Church or remain a 



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Central Conference. Clemente S. Zuniga, Jr. (Philippines) 
moved to amend the recommendation by inserting after the 
words "Philippines Central Conference" the phrase "through the 
annual conferences" and by adding at the end the words, "the 
same to be decided by the total number of affirmative votes as 
against the total number of negative votes of said annual 
conferences." Mr. Zuniga explained the reason for his amend- 
ment and spoke in support of it. At the Chair's request, he read 
the amendment again for clarity. Gregorio R. Bailen (Northwest 
Philippines) spoke against it. Michael Watson asked if Bishop 
Borgen would have a chance to reply to the amendment; the 
Chair stated that he would. Gloster B. Current (New York) 
asked if representatives from the Philippines had the opportunity 
to appear before the committee to present their point of view. 
Bishop Borgen replied that they had representatives in the 
committee, and that the petition had come to the committee from 
the Coordinating Council of the Philippines Central Conference. 
The Chair asked whether the previous action of the Conference 
on Report No. 1, Section IIIB, 2(e) (see above, page 343) 
cared for this matter; Bishop Borgen replied that that is a 
clarified procedure which would avoid this dilemma. Olivia S. 
Pascual (Philippines) spoke in support of Mr. Zuniga's amend- 
ment. Benjamin B. Soriano (Mindanao) opposed it. 

Bishop Borgen: First of all, we have legislation which gives the right for a 
Central Conference to negotiate for church union. In order to do that you need to 
become autonomous, affiliated autonomous, at least. The whole issue pertaining 
to India, through that issue, the Judicial Council has accepted a procedure as vahd 
which goes as follows: a decision by the Central Conference ratified by the Annual 
Conferences is a valid decision. We have, in the legislation we just passed, taken 
care of the problem in that we say that after the Central Conference has made a 
decision, it should be approved by two-thirds majority of the aggregate votes of 
the conference or the conferences. For this reason in a fellowship of several 
Annual Conferences as it is found in a Central Conference, there is a functioning 
fellowship which will then have something to do with all the Annual Conferences 
if one or two or more break out. Therefore, it was felt by the committee that in 
such a case all those who have been influenced by or affected by such a decision 
should have a voice in this and this is cared for by the aggregate vote and 
therefore, it seems to me that this procedure outUned most likely will be rather 
doubtful from a disciplinary sense, in that I question on disciplinary grounds 
whether a Central Conference can delegate the power like that to the conferences 
without first passing a decision by itself. So I think I would like for the committee 
to stand by its petition which is a request fi"om the co-ordinating council that this 
be extended, and then it is up to the Philippines Central Conference and its 
Annual Conferences to proceed and satisfy the requirements for two-thirds 
approval by the Annual Conference if the Central Conference decides for 
autonomy. 

The amendment was put to a vote and defeated. Report No. 5 
was adopted (see page 1981). 



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Bishop Borgen presented Report No, 6 and explained that it 
was simply a formal recognition of what the Judicial Council had 
already declared, that the Methodist Church of Southern Asia is 
a continuing Central Conference of The United Methodist 
Church. The report was adopted (see page 1981). 

Elliot Clive (Delhi): Mr. Chairman, at this time I believe that it would be quite 
appropriate to place on record the gratitude of the Methodist membership in 
Southern Asia, a Central Conference, for the sympathetic judicial review of our 
request by the Judicial Council. We are grateful to this General Conference for 
extending a welcome and full participation of fellowship in full relation to us. 

The Chair asked if the Conference would adopt Mr. Clive's 
statement as a resolution, and it was adopted. 

Bishop Borgen presented Report No, 7, dealing with an 
amendment to Par, 646,5, which set forth the process by which 
an autonomous church may become an affiliated autonomous 
Methodist or affihated united church, Vernon Bigler (Western 
New York) asked a question; Bishop Borgen replied, Augusta 
Carruth (South Georgia) asked for a definition of an affiliated 
autonomous church; Bishop Borgen explained. The report was 
adopted (see page 1982). 

Composition of Commission on Central Conference Affairs 

Augusta Carruth (South Georgia) moved that the Commission 
on Central Conference Affairs have representation, both division 
members and staff, from the World Division of the Board of 
Global Ministries, and also representation on the executive 
committee. After brief discussion between the Chair, Bishop 
Borgen, and Mrs. Carruth, it was agreed that this would be a 
matter of reference to the Committee on Reference. Mrs. 
Carruth spoke in support of her motion. William C. Vaughan 
(Virginia) asked that the report back from this referral include 
information about any cost involved in the action. William P. 
Bailey (Memphis), chairman of the Committee on Reference, 
questioned whether the motion should be referred to that 
committee, Gregorio R. Bailen (Northwest Philippines) moved to 
amend the motion to provide that the reference be to the 
Committee on Central Conference Affairs, Leonard Slutz (West 
Ohio) spoke in favor of the amendment. The amendment was 
adopted. Mrs. Carruth's motion, as amended, was adopted. 

Reta Barto (Eastern Pennsylvania) asked whether the Com- 
mittee on Central Conference Affairs would have the authority to 
add members to the committee, under the reference just made to 
it. Bishop Borgen replied that the committee would bring back a 
recommendation to the Conference for its decision. 



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Negail R. Riley (Little Rock) suggested that under the Plan of 
Organization the action just taken might have been referred to 
the Legislative Committee on Conferences. The Chair replied 
that the Conference had already taken a different action, but that 
nothing precluded the Committee on Central Conference Affairs 
from taking the matter to the legislative committee. Bishop 
Borgen stated that this would be done. 

Matter of Privilege 

William V. S. Tubman, Jr. (Liberia): Mr. Chairperson, amatter of privilege. I 
have sat here and have kept silent on a rather visual incongruity. I refer to the 
board behind you — Horizons and I see Third World as a horizon. I am so confused 
about which is the First World, which is the Second World, Third, or Fourth 
World. Politically, the term Third World is sometimes used to refer to nonaligned 
countries or to that group of countries referred to as developing countries. But as 
Methodists I thought the Horizon in keeping with the mandate of Christ was to go 
out to preach to all nations and therefore the world is our horizon and not a third 
world. Additionally from the standpoint of the Christian world as it exists, 
Liberia for example has had Methodism for more than a 150 years. There is 
religious freedom complete in the country as it is in several African countries. We 
understand that in Communist countries this is not true. Is it then the Communist 
countries that are the third world that you are referring to? Or is it the African 
countries? I would therefore suggest that the Third be deleted and the world 
become the Horizon of the General Conference. Thank you. 

Rule Suspended 

Leroy C. Hodapp (South Indiana), chairman of the Committee 
on Calendar, moved that the rule requiring calendar items to be 
printed in the Daily Christian Advocate twenty-four hours 
before consideration be suspended, in order to permit considera- 
tion of items which had been printed in Monday's Daily Christian 
Advocate. The motion to suspend the rules was adopted by the 
required two-thirds majority. 

Committee on Conferences, Report No. 75, Calendar No. 
251 

Bruce Blake (Kansas West), chairman of the committee, 
presented the report, dealing with the right of annual confer- 
ences to determine their own program board structure. Mr. 
Blake noted that it was intended as a replacement for a 
paragraph on which the Judicial Council had ruled adversely. He 
said that if the Conference adopted this report he would move to 
request a declaratory decision from the Judicial Council as to the 
constitutionality of this proposed paragraph. He also pointed out 
that it applied only to the four major program boards at the 
annual conference level, and that the thinking of the legislative 
committee was that it would be better to deal with the 
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Merrell D. Geible (North Indiana) called attention to an 
editorial correction in the new legislation as printed. John 
Chittum (East Ohio) asked a question about the relationship 
between this proposal and one being considered by another 
legislative committee that one of these boards be mandatory in 
annual conferences. Mr. Blake replied that the chairpersons of 
the legislative committees had conferred and agreed that no 
legislation contradictory to this paragraph would be presented 
for action until this report had been considered by the Conference 
and, if adopted, until Judicial Council action was reported. If this 
paragraph was adopted and deemed constitutional, legislation 
from other committees would be adjusted accordingly. 

Alferd E. Wilken (Iowa) asked about the scope of the material 
included in the report under consideration; Mr. Blake responded. 
Edward L. Duncan (Detroit) spoke in favor of the report. It was 
adopted (see page 1305). 

Mr. Blake moved that the Conference request the Judicial 
Council to make a declaratory decision as to the constitutionality 
of the action just taken. The motion was adopted. 

Legislative Committee on Council on Ministries, Report No. 
8, Calendar No. 190 

G. Ross Freeman (South Georgia), chairman of the committee, 
presented the report, a resolution dealing with one of the 
recommendations from the Study on Church Membership 
Trends, and it was adopted (see page 1777). 

Report No. 9, Calendar No. 191 

Mr. Freeman presented the report, a resolution dealing with 
the estabUshment of special study commissions, committees, or 
task groups by the General Conference. Ruth Daugherty 
(Eastern Pennsylvania), vice-chairwoman of the legislative 
committee, made a supporting statement, relating the report to 
one of the general recommendations included in the "Evaluation 
Report on the General Program Agencies of The United 
Methodist Church," submitted to the Conference by the General 
Council on Ministries. The report was adopted (see page 1777). 

Committee on Global Ministries, Report No. 6, Calendar No. 
270 

Forrest C. Stith (Baltimore), chairman of the committee, 
presented the report, dealing with an amendment to the 
legislation governing the United Methodist Development Fund. 
The report was adopted (see page 1550). 



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Report No. 9, Calendar No. 273 

Mr. Stith presented the report, which was the committee's 
response to the Episcopal Address, and it was adopted (see page 
1551). 

Report No. 10, Calendar No. 274 

Mr. Stith presented the report, recommending the referral of 
petitions related to the needs of handicapped persons to the 
Division of Health and Welfare Ministries, and it was adopted 
(see page 1552). 

Report No. 11, Calendar No. 275 

Mr. Stith explained that the petition called for maintaining 
work in the area of mission education for children and youth and 
that the report recommended reference to the Women's Division. 
The report was adopted (see page 1552). 

Report No. 12, Calendar No. 276 

Mr. Stith: . . . There were some more petitions also related to this, specifically 
concerned with guaranteed salary support for the clergy of the Rio Grande 
Conference. What they have asked for specifically in this proposal is that the 
conference Board of Missions of the Rio Grande Conference respectfully petition 
the Greneral Conference herein to provide a guaranteed sum of $350,000 for salary 
supplement support each year of the 1977-80 quadrennium for Rio Grande 
Conference clergy, and that a five percent cost of hving increase be added each 
year in order to keep up with the basic cost of living increase in the salary of each 
minister. We did not feel that we could ask the General Conference to vote such 
dollars without also voting the total budget specifications of the Board of Global 
Ministries in the National Division, and all the involvements therein, but we do 
have support for what the Rio Grande Conference is seeking, and so our 
recommendation here is to refer this to the National Division of the General 
Board of Global Ministries for its interest and action. 

Jose Galindo (Rio Grande): Mr. Chairman, I am a member of this committee, 
and you omitted the following statement. Let me read to you: "In referring this 
petition to the National Division, we urge the Division give this request its most 
serious consideration, due to the fact that it is an urgent need." That's what we 
approved. 

Mr. Stith explained that the additional language had been added 
to committee action on a different petition, that the report on 
that petition had not yet been printed, and that that was the 
reason he could not technically report it as an action of the 
committee on this report. Mr. Galindo moved to amend this 
report by adding the sentence he had cited. Mr. Stith accepted 
the amendment on behalf of the committee, and the report was 
adopted as amended (see page 1552). 

Report No. 15, Calendar No. 279 

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petitions dealing with a federal union of churches to the 
Ecumenical and Interreligious Concerns Division. The report 
was adopted (see page 1553). 

Report No. 16, Calendar No. 280 

Mr. Stith presented the report, a resolution inviting other 
Christian churches to a discussion of cooperation and association 
and possible merger. He noted that the recommendation was for 
concurrence and referral to the Ecumenical and Interreligious 
Concerns Division. Albert C. Outler (North Texas) moved to 
amend the report by substituting the term "union" for "merger." 

Dr. Outler: "Merger" as a technical term in the ecumenical discussions means 
one thing and for many people it means something rather fearful. There are other 
possibilities of organic union than institutional merger, and it would give us a 
wider range both of dialogue and negotiation if we would say "union" instead of 
"merger." 

The amendment was put to a vote and adopted. The report as 
amended was adopted (see page 1553). 

Report No. 17, Calendar No. 281 

Mr. Stith explained that the report requested the drafting of a 
statement on Christian unity and that it recommended referral to 
the Council of Bishops. The report was adopted (see page 
1553). 

Motion to Extend Time 

Leroy C. Hodapp (South Indiana) moved that the time of 
adjournment be set at 10:00 p.m., one-half hour later than stated 
in the approved agenda. The motion was defeated. Mr. Hodapp 
observed that he had had no opportunity to speak in behalf of the 
motion. The Chair repUed that the vote had been quite decisive. 

Committee on Administrative Order, Report No. 26, Calen- 
dar No. 171 

David A. Duck (South Georgia), chairman of the committee, 
presented the report, dealing with the church membership of 
ministers who surrender their credentials under charges. 
Charles A. Tyler (South Indiana) asked whether the report dealt 
with similar situations involving lay pastors; Mr. Duck replied 
that it did not. Mr. Tyler stated that he would like to see the 
similar paragraphs dealing with lay pastors included in the 
report. William 0. Walker (Oregon-Idaho) asked if it were not 
true that a lay pastor already holds church membership in a local 
church; Mr. Duck answered that that is the case. Harry Kent 



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(South Carolina) called attention to an editorial correction which 
needed to be made in the printed report; Mr. Duck accepted the 
correction. Ted Richardson (Southwest Texas) moved to amend 
the new language'in the report by inserting the word "former" 
before "minister's membership"; Mr. Duck accepted the amend- 
ment on behalf of the committee. David L. Dykes, Jr. (Louisiana) 
asked a question; Mr. Duck responded. Mr. Dykes asked for 
further clarification; Mr. Duck responded. Clarence Borger 
(Kansas West) asked a question about the terminology used in 
the report; Mr. Duck responded. Mr. Borger pressed the 
question; Mr. Duck responded. Alva H. Clark (Nebraska) asked 
about the relationship of the paragraph being amended by this 
report to Par. 368 (1972 Discipline). 

C. J. Lupo, Jr. (South Carolina): I think this is precisely the point. I was on this 
legislative committee, and several places the Discipline is not in keeping with 
itself. The reference that was just given in Par. 368, also in 370.3, which deals 
specifically with a minister under complaints or charges and the reference there 
says, "The credentials shall be surrendered to the district superintendent for 
deposit with the secretary of the conference. And their membership may be 
transferred to a local church." Which answers the question about transfer. 
"Transferred to a local church which they designate after consultation with the 
pastor." It was partly the reasoning of the Committee to bring the reference that 
is right before us now into harmony with the Discipline, because without 
amendment it seems to say that when you terminate under charges or complaints 
you are expelled and you have no posibility of transfer of membership. It doesn't 
say you can't join over, but it says you don't have any continuing relationship. The 
Committee was trying to say, let's guarantee some kind of counseling, and 
recognizing that the district superintendent may not be the best person or the one 
in position to serve as counselor if he has been in an administrative position, that 
the bishop or the superintendent and the pastor of the church which he may wish 
to relate to may need to be involved in the conference. 

The Chair noted that it was past the time set for adjournment. 
Harry K. Underwood (Baltimore) moved the previous question, 
and it was adopted. Mr. Duck declined the opportunity to make a 
final statement for the committee. The report was adopted (see 
page 1877). 

Adjournment 

J. B. Holt (Secretary) made announcements. Bishop Frank 
expressed appreciation to the Conference for its kindness to him 
during the session, and to Bishop Don Holter, Nebraska Area, 
for assisting him as he presided. Bishop W. Earl Ledden 
(Retired) gave the benediction, and the session was adjourned. 



SEVENTH DAY, TUESDAY, MAY 4, 1976 
MORNING SESSION 

Opening — Bishop Prince A. Taylor, Jr. 

Pursuant to adjournment, the General Conference of The 
United Methodist Church convened in the morning session of the 
seventh day, Tuesday, May 4, 1976, at 8:30 a.m. in the Memorial 
CoUseum, Portland, Oregon, with Bishop Prince A. Taylor, Jr., 
New Jersey Area, presiding. 

Devotional Service 

Following the Organ Prelude, the Conference joined in the 
singing of the hymn, "Rise to Greet the Sun." Three choral 
selections were presented by the Oklahoma Indian Missionary 
Choir, under the direction of Harry Folsom. Elaine Woodworth 
(Pacific Northwest), the liturgist for the service, read the 
Scriptures, John 3:16-21 and Luke 10:25-37, and led the 
Conference in two Collects for Eastertide. The devotional 
sermon, entitled "Who Is My Neighbor?" was preached by 
Bishop Wilbur W. Y. Choy, Seattle Area (see page 788). The 
closing hymn was "0 Master of the Waking World." 

Bishop Taylor expressed appreciation to Bishop Choy and the 
Oklahoma Indian Missionary Choir for their part in the 
devotional service. 

Committee on Agenda 

Thomas Whitehead (Oregon-Idaho) reported for the committee 
and moved adoption of the agenda for Tuesday, May 4, as printed 
in the Daily Christian Advocate. The agenda was adopted as 
printed. 

Committee on Presiding Officers 

Martha S. Ross (Baltimore), committee secretary, reported 
that Bishop Taylor had been chosen to preside at this session, 
that Bishop W. Kenneth Goodson, Richmond Area, would 
preside at the afternoon session, and that Bishop James K. 
Mathews, Washington Area, would preside at the evening 
session. 

Committee on Courtesies and Privileges 

Rhoda A. Peters (Louisville) reported for the committee; she 
offered the following resolution: 

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Mrs. Peters: "Whereas the delegates of this conference, their families and 
friends, enjoyed on Sunday, May 2, 1976, a day of superb Oregon hospitahty, and 
whereas the Oregon-Idaho Celebration at the Paramount Theatre on Sunday 
evening was a meaningful celebration of our heritage, revealing both our 
strengths and our insensitivities, and whereas that celebration was also a ringing 
challenge to participate in the future as spirits set free in Christ, be it resolved 
that we give a standing ovation to our Oregon-Idaho hosts who have so greatly 
enriched our lives and in the words of one of our founders 'have so strangely 
warmed our hearts' in the sharing of their witness with us." Bishop Taylor, I 
would like to move the adoption of this resolution and suggest that we then take 
appropriate action. 

The resolution was adopted, and the Conference responded with 
a standing ovation. 

Mrs. Peters requested that Erwin Schwiebert (Oregon-Idaho) 
be recognized for a matter of privilege. Mr. Schwiebert reported 
that Robert W. Burtner (Oregon-Idaho), who had been hos- 
pitalized just prior to the opening of the Conference, was making 
a good recovery. He asked for continuing prayers by members of 
the Conference for Mr. Burtner's full and speedy recovery. 

Mrs. Peters asked that Thomas Roughface, Sr. (Oklahoma 
Indian Missionary) be recognized for a statement regarding the 
choir which had sung at the devotional service. 

Mr. Roughface: Mr. Chairman, I rise to speak just a brief word for our choir, 
to say a word of thanks to those agencies and individual churches who helped to 
make it possible for our young people to be here this morning. I would like to 
introduce to you the director of the choir — a member of the Choctaw Tribe, pastor 
and campus minister of the Lawrence United Methodist Church and Haskell 
Indian Junior College of Lawrence, Kans., Mr. Harry Folsom. 

Mr. Chairman, our choir is representing today to us 16 different tribes from ten 
different states. And it is with a great sense of pride that the delegation from the 
Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference presents to you our choir from the 
Haskell Indian Junior College and various areas of our work. Thank you very 
much. 



Matter of Privilege 

Roy E . Blessing (West Virginia) was recognized for a matter of 
privilege and made a statement of appreciation on behalf of the 
West Virginia delegation for Bishop Wertz's leadership in 
presiding over the Monday afternoon session of the Conference, 
and also for his leadership in the West Virginia Area during the 
past eight years. 

Committee on Calendar 

Leroy C. Hodapp (South Indiana) introduced Jim A. Egan 
(Oklahoma), a member of the committee, for a procedural motion. 
Mr. Egan moved that "when the house fails to support a 
non-concurrence recommendation from a legislative committee, 



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the calendar report be returned to that legislative committee to 
perfect and to submit a new calendar report stating positively the 
minority viewpoint which the house has affirmed." Mr. Egan 
spoke in support of the motion. A. C. Epps (North Georgia) 
spoke against the motion. Mary A. Hampton (Missouri West) 
asked whether action on this motion would affect the action the 
Conference had taken the previous day on a report of this kind; 
the Chair replied that the previous day's action would not be 
affected. Ms. Hampton spoke in support of the motion. Paul 
Hardin (Northern New Jersey) opposed it. Thomas L. Cromwell 
(East Ohio) spoke for it. 

The Chair stated that someone had called for the previous 
question, and the previous question motion was approved. Mr. 
Egan's motion was put to a vote and defeated. 

Mr. Hodapp introduced C. R. Hager (Kentucky), vice- 
chairman of the Committee on Calendar, who called on David A. 
Duck (South Georgia), chairman of the Committee on Adminis- 
trative Order, to present reports from that committee. 

Report on Second Ballot for Judicial Council Alternates 

The Chair interrupted to announce that the results of the 
second ballot for alternate members of the Judicial Council were 
ready. 

J. B. Holt (Secretary): Ballot number two, alternates to the Judicial Council, 
clergy vote: ballots cast, 846; invalid ballots, 17; valid ballots, 829; number needed 
to elect, 415. The vote: Roy C. Clark, 436, and he is elected. This completes the 
clergy alternate group. 

Lay ballot number two, alternates to the Judicial Council: ballots cast, 846; 
invalid ballots, 16; valid ballots, 830; number needed to elect, 416. There is no 
election. The votes: Paul Webb, Jr., 363; Paul D. Shearer, 277; Julia Gibson, 132; 
James M. Dolliver, 41; Walter Douglas, 25; Basil H. Lorch, Jr., 16. 

Mr. Holt gave instructions for the ballot for the remaining lay 
alternates to be elected. After all of the ballots had been 
received, the Chair declared the ballot closed. 

Procedural Motion 

John R. Van Sickle (Northern IlHnois): I move that all legislative reports that 
contain recjuests for funds not provided for in the CFA suggested (budget) be held 
for final action until we have the CFA reports before us so that we may 
understand the full implications of all the financial requests coming to this 
conference. In this way we can make rational decisions on the amounts of 
budgeted money that we wish to approve. 

G. Ross Freeman (South Georgia) asked a question for 
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responded. Mr. Freeman stated that he did not oppose the 
motion if it would not prevent the Conference from considering 
and discussing reports with funding implications, including 
discussion of funding methods, before referring them to the 
Council on Finance and Administration. Richard D. Tholin 
(Northern Illinois) opposed the motion. Benjamin R. Oliphint 
(North Texas) spoke in favor of it. John T. King (Southwest 
Texas) spoke against it. 

Thomas Whitehead (Oregon-Idaho) moved to amend the 
motion to provide for the printing of the Council on Finance and 
Administration report in the next Daily Christian Advocate, 
either the special edition this afternoon or the next morning's 
edition. Merrill Drennan (Baltimore) asked a question about the 
additional pubhcation being requested, stating that all of the 
Council's reports were already published, and that legislative 
committee recommendations on them would be coming as 
calendar items. Mr. Whitehead asked whether Council reports on 
matters referred to them since the Conference began had been 
printed. Mr. Drennan replied that the only matter newly 
referred to the Council was the missional priority on world 
hunger, that the Council had made a recommendation concerning 
the funding of this priority through the Advance, and that that 
action was not in the Council report because the Council did not 
have the authority to direct an Advance special, but could only 
refer such a recommendation to the Advance Committee. 

Gordon G. Thompson (North Georgia) asked for guidance from 
the Chair as to how to get the Council on Finance and 
Administration report before the Conference for action. The 
Chair replied that it was the responsibility of the Committee on 
Agenda to recommend when that report would be considered. 
Leroy C. Hodapp (South Indiana), chairman of the Committee on 
Calendar, asked Tom Moore (East Ohio), chairman of the 
Legislative Committee on Financial Administration, whether 
sufficient material had been printed to allow earlier action on 
Council on Finance and Administration reports. Mr. Thompson 
referred to the Council report as printed in the Advance Edition 
of the Daily Christian Advocate. 

Mr. Moore: Mr. Chairman, CF and A and the legislative committee have 
anticipated that which might eventually be voted by the body of General 
Conference, but that is only an anticipation. So far, General Conference has not 
established missional priorities. That must be done first. After the missional 
priorities have been established, then CF and A and the legislative committee can 
say that our determination will be finalized. This can, then, go to the floor of 
General Conference; but if you wish to speak money before you speak priorities, 
you are putting the cart before the horse. This body must establish its priorities 
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Mr. Whitehead withdrew his amendment, stating that it was his 
understanding from the discussion that the Conference did have 
the budget already before it in a way that would permit it to 
consider priorities and funding at the same time. 

Clifford Droke (California-Nevada): It seems to me, Bishop, that it is not the 
assumption that we will be able to act on financial matters at the same time we are 
establishing priorities, and I am somewhat surprised to hear some of my 
colleagues in this Conference speak as if it were possible to establish priorities 
and vote "X" sums of dollars without an opportunity to look at the total, the grand 
total, that we will be voting on apportionment to the churches. 

It seems to me it is part of the process of determining priorities, that those 
priorities inevitably have impact on the rest of the budget. We are not gathered 
here to increase a recommended grand total on apportionments from 52 million up 
to 75 or 100 million, because we know that kind of increase in apportionment is not 
wise and would not be available. If the Conference votes some priorities that it 
wants to include in the apportionments to the churches, we may want to increase 
that total some. We may also want to decrease some other items in the budget as 
a way of saying these really all are our priorities. I do not see how we can act on 
financial matters until the General Conference has expressed its will on priorities 
and we have a chance to see the total figure that we are looking at. 

At the Chair's request, the Assistant Secretary read Mr. Van 
Sickle's motion, and it was approved. 

Legislative Committee on Administrative Order, Report 
No. 31, Calendar No. 176 

David A. Duck (South Georgia), chairman of the committee, 
presented the report, dealing with a records management 
program for general boards and agencies. He stated that the 
recommendation was for concurrence and reference to the 
Commission on Archives and History. The report was adopted 
(see page 1878). 

Report No. 32, Calendar No. 177 

Mr. Duck explained that the report was a resolution designat- 
ing the Advent and Christmas seasons of 1984 as a time of 
celebrating the bicentennial of the Methodist Episcopal Church in 
America; it was adopted (see page 1878). 

Report No. 33, Calendar No. 178 

Mr. Duck presented the report, which provided for the 
rearrangement of the sequence of Pars. 1530-1560 of the 1972 
Discipline, and it was adopted (see page 1879). 

Report No. 35, Calendar No. 180 

Mr. Duck presented the report, dealing with a revision of Par. 
4 of the Constitution, and noted that the recommendation was for 



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nonconcurrence. The nonconcurrence recommendation was ap- 
proved (see page 1879). 

Report No. 36, Calendar No. 181 

Mr. Duck presented the report, explaining that it dealt with 
petitions on the subject of non-discrimination because of age and 
that the recommendation was for referral to the General Council 
on Ministries for study and a report to the 1980 General 
Conference. The report was adopted (see page 1880). 

Report No. 38, Calendar No. 218 

Mr. Duck stated that the subject of the report was a 
re-evaluation of the quota system in relation to membership on 
boards and agencies, and that the recommendation was for 
concurrence and reference to the General Council on Ministries. 
The report was approved (see page 1880). 

Committee on Global Ministries, Report No. 7, Calendar No. 
271 

C. R. Hager (Kentucky), Committee on Calendar, called on 
Forrest C. Stith (Baltimore), chairman of the committee, for the 
presentation of reports. Mr. Stith presented the report, identify- 
ing it as an amendment to the disciplinary sentence which 
enumerates the sources of funding for UMCOR. After brief 
discussion between the Chair, the Secretary, and Mr. Stith 
regarding the scope of the material covered in the report, it was 
adopted (see page 1551). 

Committee on Local Church, Report No. 3, Calendar No. 282 

Mr. Hager called on Woodrow Seals (Texas), chairman of the 
committee, for the presentation of reports. Mr. Seals presented 
the report, dealing with amendments to the legislation related to 
the local church Council on Ministries. The report was adopted 
(see page 1629). 

Report No. 4, Calendar No. 283 

Mr. Seals explained that the report dealt with the age 
requirement for membership on local church Boards of Trustees; 
it was approved (see page 1630). 

Report No. 5, Calendar No. 284 

Mr. Seals presented the report, stating that it was a 
recommendation of non-concurrence on a petition dealing with 
the manner of election of the chairman of a local church Board of 
Trustees; the nonconcurrence recommendation was adopted (see 
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Report No. 6, Calendar No. 285 

Mr. Seals presented the report, dealing with the relationship 
between the terms "trustee" and "director"; it was approved (see 
page 1631). 

Report No. 7, Calendar No. 286 

Mr. Seals presented a correction to be made in the report as 
printed, which dealt with the legislation governing the reporting 
of trusts in which the local church is beneficiary. The report was 
adopted (see page 1631). 

Report No. 8, Calendar No. 287 

Mr. Seals explained that the purpose of the proposed 
amendment to the Discipline was to provide for public notice of 
the sale of abandoned local church property. Earle N. Cooper 
(Troy) asked for clarification as to whether the reference to 
"thirty days before the sale" meant "before the contract, before 
the closing, or before the conference authorizes the sale?" Mr. 
Seals responded. Mr. Cooper asked for additional clarification; 
Mr. Seals replied that he could not answer Mr. Cooper's 
question. 

Mr. Cooper: . . . Then I would speak in opposition to this because you are going 
to foul up more titles than there are people here. 

Mr. Seals: No, this will not foul up the titles. This is in the Discipline only, it 
has nothing to do with legal titles, it is only for the benefit of persons who are 
interested in the sale of the property. It has nothing to do with legal title of the 
property which is governed by state law. This is only for the benefit of persons in 
the community who have an emotional interest in property and would like to know 
a little in advance when it is going to be sold. 

The Chair asked if the committee wished to withdraw the item 
and bring it back later in a different form; Mr. Seals replied that 
he would rather have it amended on the Conference floor, if 
clarification was needed. Mr. Cooper stated that he did not wish 
to amend the report, only to defeat it. 

Herbert Doggett (Baltimore) moved to amend the proposed 
addition by inserting the words "date of before '"ssde." Joseph R. 
Graham (West Ohio) spoke against the report. Don Hand 
(Southwest Texas) moved as a substitute for Mr. Doggett's 
amendment the insertion of the words "property is offered for" 
before "sale." Mr. Seals accepted the substitute on behalf of the 
committee. 

The Chair stated that there had been a call for the previous 
question, and the motion for the previous question was adopted. 
John V. Moore (California-Nevada) attempted to raise a point of 
order, but the Chair ruled that he was not in order at this time. 



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W. D. Cotton (Louisiana) raised a point of order that the vote for 
the previous question motion was not in order, because no 
opportunity had been given for the requisite number of speeches 
on the main motion. 

Recess 

The Chair stated that the time set for recess had arrived. J. B. 
Holt (Secretary) made announcements. Following recess Carlton 
Young led in the singing of the hymn, "Mine Eyes Have Seen the 
Glory." 

Report No. 8, Calendar No. 287 (Consideration Resumed) 

The Chair made a statement regarding the parliamentary 
situation and stated that he would recognize one more speaker 
for the report, and that this would fulfill the required number of 
speeches. Mr. Seals suggested that the Chair recognize a 
delegate who had been a member of the sub-committee which had 
developed the report. 

Walter E. Mischke, Jr. (Memphis): This concerns abandoned property only. I 
think that needs to be understood. There's no intent in this to interfere with the 
processes of the church in disposition or handling of property, certainly no 
intention to complicate that procedure. But the idea is that when you have, 
especially in the rural area, in the open country area, small churches that may 
have been abandoned for a number of years and the time comes to dispose of this 
property, you have persons in those communities whose roots — they may not 
even be members of that church — but family roots go real deep. 

And these people need an opportunity to know that this sale is coming up. They 
may be people unknown to the authorities, the church authorities, and we may 
not be able to get them word, so a public notice in a county paper would suffice 
and give them an opportunity to have at least a forum to express their feeling, 
deep feehngs about this matter. 

Therefore, when the property is finally disposed of, they cannot say that it was 
done in some manner that prohibited them from getting involved in it. We feel 
that this is something that will be very good for public relations in those areas 
where we have to be concerned about that. 

Rodolfo C. Beltran (Middle Philippines) asked a question; Mr. 
Seals responded. Mr. Beltran asked another question, and Mr. 
Seals responded. The report was put to a vote and adopted (see 
page 1631). 



Report No. 9, Calendar No. 288 

Mr. Seals presented the report, which consisted of amend- 
ments to the 1972 Discipline, Par. 1443, deahng with churches in 
static and declining population areas; it was adopted (see page 
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Report No. 10, Calendar No. 289 

Mr, Seals presented the report, which consisted of an 
amendment to the disciplinary legislation governing a local 
church building program. Norbert Sukovaty (Nebraska) asked 
what was meant by "value" as used in the proposed legislation. 
Mr. Seals responded that he assumed it meant the present cash 
value. He asked th^XMelvin M. Finkbeiner (Pacific Northwest), 
chairman of the sub-committee which had considered this report, 
respond to subsequent questions. 

James W. Turner (Virginia): Bishop Taylor, I would like to ask the chairman 
about the last sentence, where it says the Study Committee's findings become a 
part of the report of the district Board of Church Location and to the Conference 
Review Committee on Building and Church Extension. Is this a mandatory 
review of the district committee's work, or is this the opportunity for a local 
church to ask for a review? 

Melvin M. Finkbeiner (Pacific Northwest): In answer to that. Bishop, this is 
an opportunity for that body within the conference Board of Global Ministries, 
whatever it might be called, to have an opportunity to review it also, but the 
primary responsibility rests with the district Board of Church Location and 
Building. The intent of this paragraph, it becomes number 1 in that paragraph on 
construction, and the intent of this is that the local church shall in fact make a 
study prior to the time when any decision has been made. So often, in my 
experience as a superintendent, at least, a local church will — people within the 
local church will — have already made decisions which it's very difficult to 
influence by the district Board of Church Location and the district superintendent 
in keeping with the total strategy of the district's work of The United Methodist 
Church. This requires then that a local church will in fact make a very detailed 
and careful study of its program and needs prior to the time of then 
moving — launching a building program. 

Mr. Turner asked again whether the review by the conference 
agency was mandatory under the proposed legislation; Mr. 
Finkbeiner replied that it was not. William B. Rollins (Southern 
California- Arizona) asked whether the role assigned the Confer- 
ence Review Committee on Building and Church Extension could 
be fulfilled by a comparable conference body if an annual 
conference did not have such a committee, Mr. Finkbeiner 
replied that it could. Mr. Rollins suggested that the words "or 
appropriate body" be added to the report; Mr. Seals accepted the 
amendment on behalf of the committee. 

John B. Russell (Virginia) spoke in opposition to the report, 
Mr. Finkbeiner responded, John P. Miles (Little Rock) spoke in 
favor of it. Richard D. Pittenger (South Dakota) made a brief 
remark and moved to suspend the rules to permit a vote on the 
report. The Chair ruled that he had made a speech and that his 
motion to close debate was therefore not in order. 

Clifford Droke (California-Nevada) moved to amend the report 



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by deleting the words "or a parsonage"; he spoke in support of 
the amendment. The amendment did not carry. 

Willard A. Zellmer (Pacific Northwest) moved the previous 
question on all before the Conference, and the motion was 
adopted. The report was put to a vote and was approved (see 
page 1632). 

Report No. 11, Calendar No. 290 

Mr. Seals presented the report, which dealt with a portion of 
the legislation governing local church building programs. Mr. 
Finkheiner added a brief explanation. Joseph R. Graham (West 
Ohio) asked about the procedure to be followed when there were 
dupUcate reports from various legislative committees. The Chair 
rephed that if the reports were identical, the first one adopted 
would care for the matter and there would be no need to present 
the others. The report was adopted (see page 1633). 

Report No. 12, Calendar No. 291 

Mr. Seals presented the report, and Mr. Finkheiner explained 
that its purpose was to delete a redundant phrase in the 
legislation dealing with parsonage equity on pastoral charges 
with two or more churches. The report was adopted (see page 
1633). 

Report No. 13, Calendar No. 292 

Mr. Seals explained that the purpose of the report was to 
change the title of the disciplinary section dealing with the local 
church Council on Ministries. Joseph G. Stapleton (Peninsula) 
called attention to Report No. 80 of the Committee on 
Administrative Order and noted that it contained a differing 
recommendation on this same subject. Thomas L. Cromwell 
(East Ohio) observed that the Plan of Organization and Rules of 
Order designates, by disciplinary paragraph number, the items 
which should be assigned to each legislative committee, and that 
it should not have been possible for this item to be assigned to the 
Committee on Administrative Order. The Chair suggested that 
the conflict be resolved by the Committee on Calendar. Mr. Seals 
objected, stating that it would be a simple matter for someone to 
seek to amend the report now under consideration and for the 
Conference to decide the issue in this manner. 

H. Dan Rice (North Georgia) moved to amend the report so 
that the heading of the disciplinary section would read "The 
Council on Ministries of the Local Church and Parish." Mr. Rice 
spoke in support of the amendment. Mr. Seals accepted the 
amendment on behalf of the committee. David A. Duck (South 



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Georgia), chairman of the Committee on Administrative Order, 
asked that this action also be registered as approval of that 
committee's Report No. 80; the Chair replied that if the two 
reports are identical, the first one adopted would take care of the 
second. H. Glenn Biddle (West Ohio) spoke against the report 
and in favor of the heading as it read in the 1972 Discipline. The 
report as amended was adopted (see pages 1634, 1890). 

Mr. Seals stated that the Legislative Committee on Local 
Church had completed its work and that the remainder of the 
reports would be printed in the next day's Daily Chris- 
tian Advocate. 

Committee on Higher Education and Ministry, Report No. 
11, Calendar No. 192 

Mr. Hager (Committee on Calendar) called on Thomas A. 
Langford (Western North Carohna), committee chairman, for 
reports from the Legislative Committee on Higher Education 
and Ministry. 

Dr. Langford presented the report, explaining that it was a 
resolution on the subject, "The Mission of The United Methodist 
Church in Its Institutions of Higher Education." He called 
attention to editorial changes to be made in the printed text. The 
report was adopted (see pages 1419-1432). 

Report No. 14, Calendar No. 195 

Dr. Langford explained that the report recommended concur- 
rence with the Introduction and Sections I, II, III, IV, V, and VI 
of the report of the Commission to Study the Ministry; it was 
adopted (see page 1433). 

Report No. 15, Calendar No. 196 

Dr. Langford presented the report, dealing with the recom- 
mended text to be included in the Book of Discipline, Part IV, 
Chapter I, entitled "The Ministry of All Christians." He 
explained changes recommended by the legislative committee in 
the text submitted by the Board of Higher Education and 
Ministry. The report was adopted (see page 1433). 

Report No. 16, Calendar No. 197 

Dr. Langford presented the report, which recommended 
concurrence with that portion of the report of the Commission to 
Study the Ministry entitled "Guidelines for Recognition of 
Diaconal Ministry." Richard W. Harrington (Western New 
York) explained the legislative committee's amendment to the 
Commission report. Walter N. Kalaf (Florida) moved as a 



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substitute for the legislative committee's amendment that the 
following sentence be inserted after the second sentence in V, b): 
"The study shall provide for appropriate consultation with the 
Division of Ordained Ministry." He spoke in support of his 
proposed substitute. Mr. Langford accepted the substitute on 
behalf of the committee. John T. Lundy (Holston) asked a 
question regarding the standards referred to in the Commission 
report text; Mr. Harrington replied that those provisions would 
be in subsequent calendar items. The report was adopted (see 
page 1436). 

Report No. 17, Calendar No. 198 

Dr. Langford presented the report, consisting of proposed 
legislation for The Book of Discipline, Part IV, Chapter Three, 
entitled, "The Diaconal Ministry." The report was adopted (see 
page 1436). 

Report No. 18, Calendar No. 199 

Dr. Langford presented the report, which recommended 
concurrence with new legislation governing the "status and 
emoluments of an elder who served as a bishop of a Central 
Conference up to the time of retirement." The report was 
adopted (see page 1440). 

Report No. 19, Calendar No. 200 

Dr. Langford presented the report, which was the text for the 
new disciplinary paragraph governing annual conference Boards 
of Diaconal Ministry. He also presented additional changes 
beyond those printed in the calendar report as follows: the last 
statement, dealing with changes in terminology to be made 
throughout the proposed legislation, should read, "Change all 
wording to conform to this: Lay Ministries to Diaconal 
Ministry, Lay Worker to Diaconal Minister, and professional 
lay careers to diaconal careers." At the end of section 2 of the 
proposed legislation, add "and may name committees as needed." 
The report was adopted as amended (see page 1441). 

Report No. 20, Calendar No. 201 

Dr. Langford introduced the report, consisting of new 
disciphnary legislation for the Division of Diaconal Ministry, and 
it was adopted (see page 1444). 

Report No. 21, Calendar No. 202 

Dr. Langford introduced the report, which recommended 
concurrence with proposed disciplinary legislation numbered 



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Pars. 1601-1606.1 for the Board of Higher Education and 
Ministry, and it was adopted (see page 1446). 

Report No. 22, Calendar No. 203 

Dr. Langford presented the report, consisting of proposed 
legislation for The Book of Discipline, Part IV, Chapter Four, 
entitled "The Ordained Ministry." John Chittum (East Ohio) 
asked a question regarding the proposed deletion of Par. 306 
(1972 Discipline). He noted that the report stated that this 
paragraph was being included elsewhere, but that he had been 
unable to locate it in the new material. Dr. Langford asked 
permission for Robert W. Thomburg (Central Illinois), Associate 
General Secretary, Division of Ordained Ministry, to respond. 

Dr. Thomburg: The answer to the question is that Par. 306 in the current 
Discipline was taken from the Discipline of The EvangeHcal United Brethren 
Church of 1967. It is the assurance of the character of those ordained. It was 
deleted, not because it is included verbatim at this point, but because the 
substance of the assurance of character is included in five or six different places in 
which we ask for the complete dedication of life, and there are about seven places 
which one of our later resolutions will point you to. I think we could consider that 
the question of the assurance of the character of those to be ordained has been 
thoroughly and adequately cared for in all of the other paragraphs. It was 
included here originally because it had come out of the Discipline of the 
Evangelical United Brethren Church. 

Mr. Chittum moved that Par. 306 be retained in the new 
legislation. James E. Flinchbaugh (West Ohio) spoke against the 
amendment, stating that the full content of Par. 306 was found, 
supported and amplified, in the proposed Par. 404(7) and the 
footnote to it. Mr. Chittum's amendment was defeated. The 
report was adopted (see page 1450). 

Report No. 27, Calendar No. 297 

Dr. Langford explained that the report recommended referral 
of some of the legislation which had been adopted to the editors of 
The Book of Discipline for the purpose of achieving consistency 
in certain editorial matters. The report was adopted (see page 
1454). 

Definition of "Diaconal": 

Robert E. Hayes, Sr. (Texas): Before the brother sits down, I would like for 
him to explain the derivation of the word "diaconal." I have to go back to Texas 
where this word might frighten someone. 

Bishop Taylor: Help the man who has to go back to Texas. 

Dr. Langford: I think this is a slight problem we need to deal with. It's one of 
the kind of contemporary "in" words; though it is also a very old word and a very 
important word. It comes from the notion of servant. It is, by the way, defined 
earlier in the material in a rather crisp and clear way. But when we speak of 



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diaconal ministries, we are really speaking of ministries of service. Now, if you 
remember the New Testament text, there were people called deacons who had 
special responsibilities. It is sometimes used at the level of ordination of deacons, 
but the diaconal ministry is more inclusive than that, referring principally to the 
ministries of service, so that those who are servants of the Word, servants of the 
Gospel, express their ministry in appropriate styles. That's what "diaconal" 
means. It is somewhat new, perhaps, to the average person, but I think it does 
speak to the heart of understanding Christian ministry and perhaps in this sense 
the reclaiming of a very old word might have important contemporary 
significance. 

Committee on Independent Commissions, Report No. 16, 
Calendar No. 204 

Mr. Hager (Committee on Calendar), called on Hector Navas 
(Florida), chairman of the Legislative Committee on Indepen- 
dent Commissions, for reports from that committee. 

Mr. Navas presented the report, stating that it was simply 
supportive to Report No. 15, which had already been adopted by 
the Conference; the report was approved (see page 1837). 

Report No. 18, Calendar No. 206 

Mr. Navas stated that the report was for adoption of a 
resolution designating the Robert Strawbridge House National 
Methodist Shrine as a recipient of shrine funds to be distributed 
through the Commission on Archives and History. The report 
was adopted (see page 1838). 

Report No. 22, Calendar No. 210 

Mr. Navas indicated that the report was simply supportive of 
an action taken earlier in approving the committee's Report No. 
4; it was adopted (see page 1839). 

Report No. 23, Calendar No. 211 

Mr. Navas explained that the purpose of the report was to 
amend the legislation governing the membership of the Commis- 
sion on Archives and History to provide for one young adult 
among its members; the report was adopted (see page 1839). 

Report No. 24, Calendar No. 212 

Mr. Navas stated that the report called for a special committee 
of the Commission on Archives and History to research and 
publish a history of the contributions of women to The United 
Methodist Church; the report was approved (see page 1840). 

Report No. 27, Calendar No. 215 

Mr. Navas presented the report, which had for its purpose the 
defining of the term "young adult" as used in the Discipline. In 



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order to be in conformity with earlier action on Committee on 
Conferences Report No. 52, he asked that the report as printed 
be amended so that the age designation would be "between 
eighteen (18) and thirty-one (31)." The report was adopted as 
amended (see page 1844). 

Report No. 25, Calendar No. 213 

Mr. Navas presented the report, consisting of committee 
recommendations on legislation for the annual conference, 
jurisdictional, and general Commissions on Archives and His- 
tory, including the designation of John Wesley's American 
Parish, Savannah, Georgia, as a new national United Methodist 
historic landmark, and the designation of Peter Cartwright 
United Methodist Church, Pleasant Plains, Illinois, as a new 
national United Methodist historic shrine. Ralph B. Huston 
(Florida) moved to amend the report by deleting the sentence in 
Par. 1911.2b), beginning with the words, "No records shall be 
destroyed ..." Mr. Navas explained that the language was only 
intended to apply to official records of general boards and 
agencies and bishops, not to conferences or districts. Horace F. 
Ether (Eastern Pennsylvania) attempted to make a statement 
regarding the terminology related to national historic shrines 
and landmarks, but the Chair ruled that he was out of order 
inasmuch as there was an amendment on another subject before 
the Conference. Mr. Huston's amendment was defeated. 

Mr. Ether stated his concern again, but offered no amendment 
to the report. 

Patti B. Russell (Virginia) moved to amend the report by 
removing the paragraph which provided for the deletion of the 
phrase "or a location" from the definition of national historic 
shrines (new Par. 1912.2a). Mrs. Russell spoke in support of her 
amendment. William W. Reid, Jr. (Wyoming) expressed concern 
that the Conference was not dealing with the great needs and 
great challenges awaiting its action. Mr. Navas asked permission 
for John Ness, Executive Secretary of the Commission on 
Archives and History, to speak to the Conference. There being 
no objection, Mr. Ness explained the rationale for the legislation 
as proposed. At the Chair's request, the Assistant Secretary 
read Mrs. Russell's amendment, and it was defeated. John B. 
Russell (Virginia) requested a divison of the house on the 
amendment, but his call was not sustained by the required 
one-third vote of the Conference. The report was adopted (see 
page 1840). 

Committee on Church and Society 

Mr. Hager (Committee on Calendar) called on John E. Stumbo 



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(Kansas East), chairman of the Legislative Committee on Church 
and Society, for the presentation of reports. 

Mr. Stumbo moved to suspend the rules to permit considera- 
tion of the committee's recommendation on the resolution 
presented the previous day on the Boston school situation. In 
response to a question from the Chair, Mr. Stumbo stated that 
the report was not yet printed, but that it could be considered if 
the Conference was willing to suspend Rule 33. The motion did 
not receive the required two-thirds vote of the Conference. 

Report No. 16, Calendar No. 238 (see page 1133) 

At Mr. Stumbo's request, Richard 0. Truitt (Wisconsin) 
presented the report, a resolution on the subject, "The United 
Methodist Church and Peace." David A. Seamands (Kentucky) 
referred to section 6c) of the report, the paragraph beginning 
with the words, "We will continue to do all in our power to secure 
amnesty . . .", and asked for an interpretation as to whether 
subsequent language in that paragraph was intended to advocate 
amnesty for persons who may have committed offenses other 
than refusal to participate in war. 

Mr. Truitt: This relates, of course, to a number of situations that have occurred 
within the Indochina affair in which there were particular laws broken. Some of 
these laws were military and some were civil — all of them related to the 
participation of American soldiers in Vietnam and resulted in some kind of 
judgment against them, and the language here is to relieve those persons of that 
experience and that record. It would likewise be in case of drugs. This does not 
relate to drug violations that may be occurring in 1975 or 1976 here in the United 
States. 

Mr. Seamands moved to amend the paragraph by deleting the 
references to "civil (law)" and "drugs." Tom Reavley (Southwest 
Texas) moved as a substitute for the amendment to place a period 
after the words, "with restoration of legal rights for these," and 
to delete the following language: 

"... and also for all others who have suffered for their 
violations of civil or miUtary law and regulations often arising 
out of encounters with racism, rigid bureaucracy, and drugs. In 
the U. S. specifically, amnesty is essential for all those persons 
who have suffered the loss of civil rights as a result of violation 
of civil or military laws because of the war in S. E. Asia." 

Mr. Reavley spoke in support of his substitute. Horace F. Ether 
moved to amend the substitute so that the entire section 6c), 
entitled "Amnesty and Reconciliation," would be deleted. He 
spoke in support of his amendment. S. Clifton Ives (Maine) raised 



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a point of order that Mr. Ether's motion was not an amendment, 
but another substitute. The Chair upheld the point of order and 
ruled that Mr. Ether's motion was not in order at this time. 
Albert C. Outler (North Texas) spoke in support of Mr. Reavley's 
substitute. Mr. Seamands withdrew his amendment in favor of 
Mr. Reavley's substitute. The Assistant Secretary read the 
substitute. Mr. Truitt made a final statement in behalf of the 
committee position. Mr. Reavley's substitute was put to a vote 
and was adopted. 

Richard D. Pittenger (South Dakota) moved to amend the 
report by restoring one sentence out of the material which had 
been deleted by action on Mr. Reavley's substitute. The Chair 
ruled that the Conference had already acted on this material, and 
that an action to reconsider would be required before Mr. 
Pittenger's amendment was in order. 

Adjournment 

The Chair noted that the time set for adjournment of the 
session was near. The Secretary made announcements. 

Rhoda A. Peters (Louisville), speaking for the Committee on 
Courtesies and Privileges, asked that Clair W. Black (Northern 
New Jersey) be granted opportunity to speak. Mr. Black made a 
statement expressing appreciation for Bishop Taylor's leadership 
in the New Jersey Area during the past twelve years and asking 
the Conference to join the Area's delegation in wishing Bishop 
and Mrs. Taylor many years of good health and happiness in their 
retirement. The Conference responded with a standing ovation. 
Bishop Taylor expressed appreciation for the statement and for 
the assistance of Bishops Short and Alton during the morning's 
session. 

Bishop Reuben H. Mueller (Retired) led the Conference in a 
closing prayer. 



SEVENTH DAY, TUESDAY, MAY 4, 1976 
AFTERNOON SESSION 

Opening — Bishop W. Kenneth Goodson 

Pursuant to adjournment, the General Conference of The 
United Methodist Church convened in the afternoon session of 
the seventh day, Tuesday, May 4, 1976, at 2:30 p.m., in the 
Memorial CoHseum, Portland, Oregon, with Bishop W. Kenneth 
Goodson, Richmond Area, presiding. 

Carlton Young led the conference in the singing of the hymn, 
"The Church's One Foundation." Carlton P. Minnick, Jr. 
(Virginia) led in prayer. 

Matters of Privilege 

Richard V. Moore (Florida) asked that the Conference extend 
its prayers and best wishes to Judge P. B. Revels (Florida), who 
had been hospitalized in a local hospital. The Chair assured him 
that this would be done. 

Carroll H. Long (Holston), speaking on behalf of the Holston 
Conference delegation, expressed appreciation and good wishes 
to Bishop L. Scott Allen on the occasion of his birthday. 

Committee on Calendar 

James W. Bristah (Detroit) asked whether the Conference was 
ready to resume consideration of the report which had been 
before it at the close of the morning session. The Chair asked that 
that be held until after a statement by Leroy C. Hodapp (South 
Indiana), chairman of the Committee on Calendar. 

Mr. Hodapp made a statement regarding the reports the 
committee expected to have presented during the afternoon and 
evening sessions. He also indicated that there would be a special 
edition of the Daily Christian Advocate on delegates' desks at 
the beginning of the evening session, and that material published 
in this edition would be in order for consideration at the 
Wednesday morning session. 

Committee on Church and Society, Report No. 16, Consid- 
eration Resumed 

The Chair outlined the parliamentary situation which existed 
at the close of the morning session with respect to the 
consideration of this report (see page 1133). He indicated that he 
would first give opportunity for the Conference to decide 
whether to reconsider its action on Mr. Reavley's amendment for 

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the purpose of considering the amendment Mr. Pittenger had 
attempted to offer. Robert C. Morgan (North Alabama) moved 
reconsideration, and the Chair ruled that the motion to 
reconsider was approved. Robert M. Harris (Nebraska) asked if 
the rules required a two-thirds vote on a motion to reconsider; 
the Chair replied that they do not. A. Jason Shirah (South 
Georgia) requested a count vote on the motion to reconsider, but 
his motion was not supported by the required one-third vote of 
the Conference. 

Richard D. Pittenger (South Dakota) moved to amend Mr. 
Reavley's amendment by adding the word "persons" after 
"restoration of legal rights for these," and by adding immediately 
thereafter the following sentence: "In addition, amnesty is 
essential for those in the United States who have suffered the 
loss of civil rights or have received other than honorable 
discharges due to the war in Southeast Asia, with provision for 
individual review for cases involving offenses against other 
persons." Mr. Pittenger spoke in support of his amendment. 
Albert C. Outler (North Texas) opposed it. Steve Galyon 
(Holston) attempted to offer an amendment to Mr. Pittenger's 
amendment, but the Chair ruled that he was not in order. Blaine 
E. Taylor (Southern New England) spoke against Mr. Pit- 
tenger's amendment. Richard D. Tholin (Northern IlUnois) spoke 
in favor of it. John B. Russell (Virginia) moved the previous 
question on Mr. Pittenger's amendment and on Mr. Reavley's 
amendment, and the previous question motion was adopted. C. 
Wilbume Hancock (South Georgia) asked if Mr. Reavley would 
have opportunity to make a final statement; Mr. Reavley spoke in 
support of his original amendment. Richard 0. Truitt (Wiscon- 
sin), in a final statement on behalf of the legislative committee, 
supported Mr. Pittenger's amendment. After the Assistant 
Secretary had read Mr. Pittenger's amendment, it was put to a 
vote and was defeated. Mr. Reavley's original amendment was 
again put to a vote, and it was approved. 

Clarence A. Guittard (North Texas) moved to amend section 4 
of the report, the sentence beginning with the words, "Economic 
systems structured to cope . . .", by adding the words, "and 
should be designed to provide maximum incentive and opportu- 
nity for ordinary persons to improve their economic condition by 
voluntary individual and cooperative efforts." He spoke in 
support of his amendment. Jerome K. Del Pino (Southern New 
England) asked a question; Mr. Guittard replied. The amend- 
ment was defeated. 

John T. King (Southwest Texas) moved the previous question 
on all before the Conference. Carroll H. Long (Holston) raised a 



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point of order, that there had been insufficient debate on the 
report as a whole. The Chair ascertained from the Assistant 
Secretary that there had been no speeches for or against the 
report as a whole, but that only amendments had been debated. 
The point of order was sustained. 

Mr. Long moved to amend section 1, entitled "Disarmament," 
by adding to the end of it the following sentence: "The United 
Methodist Church urges the United States government to 
prohibit the sale of arms abroad unless it is under exceptional 
circumstances threatening the self-determination of a people." 

Mr. Long: Bishop, this paragraph on disarmament is a beautiful statement. I 
believe, however, that I should call attention to two deficiencies which are 
inherent in this paragraph on disarmament. The statement is weak at two points. 
It depends upon an age-old custom of negotiation as the principal instrument for 
disarmament. It is obvious to all of us that negotiation has been the means by 
which disarmament has been sought since the beginning of time. It is just as 
obvious that today's armaments are more costly and more deadly than at any time 
in the world's history. I raise the possibility of unilateral progi-essive 
disarmament by our nation, the only nation of the world strong enough to take the 
leadership in such a new departure. I do not beheve this General Conference has 
the grace to accept a motion at this time, but I urge the prayerful study by the 
Board of Church and Society of unilateral disarmament as a new approach to 
peace. 

The second point at which I find weakness in the paragraph on disarmament — 
perhaps it is an inadvertent omission — is in its failure to speak to the point of 
international traffic in armament. Surely we abhor the exportation of military 
armament simply to maintain our own economy in a more healthy state. Surely 
we disapprove our government penchant for supporting foreign military 
dictatorships, which oftentimes are necessarily repressive and sometimes 
stimulate an armaments race in particular areas of the world. My amendment is 
addressed to this omission. I hope you will support it. 

The amendment was put to a vote and defeated. 

Steve Galyon (Holston) asked a question regarding the reading 
of section 6c), in its amended form. After receiving an answer, he 
began to offer an amendment, but the Chair stated that the 
amendment related to an issue the Conference had already 
decided in its action on Mr. Reavley's amendment. William B. 
Grove (Western Pennsylvania) argued that the issue raised in 
Mr. Galyon's amendment had not been decided. The Chair ruled 
that Mr. Galyon could proceed. His amendment was to add the 
word, "persons" after "legal rights for these," and to add 
thereafter two additional sentences, as follows: 

"In the U. S. specifically amnesty is essential for all those 
persons who have suffered the loss of civil rights as a result of 
their protest against the war in Southeast Asia. A special 
review body shall be estabHshed for cases involving assault 
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Mr. Galyon spoke in support of his amendment, but it was 
defeated. 

John B. Russell (Virginia) moved to suspend the provisions of 
Rule 37 requiring two speeches for and two against before the 
house can vote on the full report. The motion to suspend the rules 
was defeated. 

Francisco Franceschi (Puerto Rico) moved to amend the 
report, section 2, immediately after the sentence which ends with 
the words, "discriminate against black majorities," by adding the 
following new sentence: "We are also concerned for Puerto Rico, 
which has several political prisoners in United States jails and as 
an act of Christian compassion ask for their unconditional 
freedom." He spoke in support of his amendment. Mr. Truitt 
asked to see a written copy of the amendment, in order to 
determine if it could be accepted by the committee. Paul E. 
Myers (Central Pennsylvania) asked that Conrad Page (Central 
Pennsylvania) be recognized. The Assistant Secretary read Mr. 
Franceschi's amendment. Mr. Truitt stated that he was unable to 
accept it for the committee in this report. The amendment was 
defeated. 

Conrad M. Page, Jr. (Central Pennsylvania) moved to amend 
the report, section 6b), by deleting the words, "or to the payment 
of taxes for miUtary purposes," from the last sentence of the 
section. He spoke in support of his amendment. Robert L. Taylor 
(North Georgia) moved to amend the amendment by substituting 
the following for the sentence in question: "We, therefore, 
recognize the right of anyone to become a conscientious objector 
in the time of war." He spoke in support of his amendment. 
William 0. Walker (Oregon-Idaho) spoke against it. Carlton 
Dodge (Eastern Pennsylvania) raised a point of order, that Mr. 
Taylor's motion was really a substitute for the entire paragraph 
and not really an amendment to Mr. Page's amendment, and was 
therefore not properly before the Conference. The Chair ruled 
that even as a substitute, it was in order. Joh^i V. Moore 
(CaUfornia-Nevada) spoke against the amendment. Mr. Taylor's 
amendment was put to a vote and was defeated. Mr. Page's 
original amendment was then put to a vote and was also defeated. 

A^. Robert Kesler (Southern California-Arizona) spoke in 
support of the report as a whole. 

Robert D. Cheyne (North Arkansas) moved to amend the 
report, section 2, immediately after the first paragraph in the 
section, by inserting the following: 

"We support every effort being made by the United States 
government to secure the release of names and/or persons dead 
or alive who are still listed as missing in action in Southeast Asia 



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as the result of the conflict in that area. We deplore the lack of 
compassion on the part of those governments who have 
steadfastly refused to provide this information to the satisfaction 
of those families involved." 

Mr. Cheyne spoke in support of his amendment. Franklin 
Blackstone, Jr. (Western Pennsylvania) moved to suspend the 
rules in order to move the previous question on all before the 
Conference. The Chair asked that action on the amendment be 
completed before the motion to suspend the rules was consid- 
ered. Mr. Cheyne's amendment was put to a vote, and the Chair 
stated that it had been defeated. Mr. Truitt stated that he had 
not had the opportunity to speak on behalf of the committee in 
relation to Mr. Cheyne's amendment. At the Chair's request, the 
Assistant Secretary read the amendment, and Mr. Truitt stated 
that he would be willing to accept it on behalf of the committee. 
The Chair asked if the Conference would confirm the acceptance 
of the amendment, and it was approved. 

Mr. Blackstone offered his motion to suspend the rules in order 
to vote the previous question. The Chair stated that the 
suspension of rules was no longer required, and the previous 
question motion was adopted. Mr. Truitt made a final comment 
on behalf of the legislative committee. Report No. 16 was put to a 
vote and was adopted as amended (see page 1133). 

Report on Third Ballot, Alternate Judicial Council Member 

J. B. Holt (Secretary): This is ballot number three on the alternate member of 
the Judicial Council. There was no election. Votes cast 948, valid ballots 948, 
necessary to elect 475. Paul Webb, Jr. — 466; Paul Shearer — 292; Julia 
Gibson — 143; James Dolliver — 31; Basil Lorch — 9; Walter Douglas — 7. 

Fourth Ballot, Judicial Council Alternate Member 

The Secretary gave instructions for the marking of the ballot. 
When all of the ballots had been collected, the Chair declared the 
ballot closed. 

Report No. 18, Calendar No. 240 

John E. Stumbo (Kansas East), chairman of the legislative 
committee, explained that the report was a resolution on the 
Bishops' Call for Peace and the Self-development of Peoples. It 
was adopted (see page 1139). 

Report No. 19, Calendar No. 241 

Mr. Stumbo stated that the report consisted of a resolution 
calling for the display in the Pentagon of works of art depicting 
peace. It was adopted (see page 1140). 



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Report No. 22, Calendar No. 244 

Mr. Stumbo presented the report, which was a resolution on 
the use of alcoholic beverages and tobacco on church property, 
and it was adopted (see page 1141). 

Report No. 23, Calendar No. 245 

Mr. Stumbo presented the report, a resolution on the subject 
of gambling, and it was adopted (see page 1141). 

Report Nos. 24, 25, 26, 27; Calendar Nos. 246, 247, 248, 249 

Mr. Stumbo presented the reports, noting in each case that the 
recommendation was for referral to the Board of Church and 
Society. The reports were put to a vote individually, and each 
was approved (see pages 1142-1143). 

Report No. 28, Calendar No. 250 

Mr. Stumbo called on Orion N. Hutchinson, Jr. (Western 
North Carolina), chairman of the sub-committee which had 
prepared the report, to lead in its presentation. Mr. Hutchinson 
explained that the report dealt with legislation governing the 
Board of Church and Society which had been printed in an 
advance edition of the Daily Christian Advocate. He explained 
the major changes from existing legislation. Larry A. Bauman 
(North Georgia) asked a question; Mr. Hutchinson replied. 
James L. Carraway (Western Pennsylvania) asked a question; 
Mr. Hutchinson responded. Danita Trudeau (Alaska Missionary) 
called attention to an editorial correction which needed to be 
made in the printed report, and Mr. Hutchinson accepted the 
correction. The report was adopted (see page 1143). 

Committee on Calendar 

Mr. Hager moved that Rule 33 be suspended in order to permit 
consideration of calendar items printed in the Daily Christian 
Advocate for Tuesday, May 4. The motion to suspend the rules 
was adopted. 

Leroy C. Hodapp (South Indiana), chairman of the committee, 
made a statement indicating a change in the scheduling of reports 
to be presented during the remainder of the afternoon session. 
He then moved that the time of adjournment for the evening 
session be set at 10:30 p.m. The motion was approved. 

Mr. Hager called for reports from the Legislative Committee 
on Administrative Order. 

Committee on Administrative Order, Report No. 44, Calen- 
dar No. 305 

David A. Duck (South Georgia) presented the report, dealing 
with the establishment of a legal office, and noted that the 



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recommendation was for concurrence and referral to the Council 
on Finance and Administration. He explained that the petition 
called for an office that would facilitate communication between 
conferences and areas on legal matters, and that it would not 
require the estabhshment of a new office, inasmuch as the 
Council on Finance and Administration already had such an office 
on a limited basis. S. Clifton Ives (Maine) asked a procedural 
question; Mr. Duck and the Chair responded. R. Andrew Lady 
(Central Pennsylvania) asked if there were any budget recom- 
mendations related to this report; Mr. Duck stated that there 
were none. Thomas L. Cromwell (East Ohio) commented further 
on the question Mr. Ives had raised, which was whether it was 
appropriate for a committee to recommend both concurrence and 
referral on a petition. The Chair ruled that such recommenda- 
tions were in order. 

William W. Reid, Jr. (Wyoming) called attention to a report of 
the Legislative Committee on Financial Administration, which 
carried a recommendation of nonconcurrence on the same issue as 
that dealt with in the report under consideration. Millard C. 
Cleveland (Florida) asked whether adoption of the report as it 
now reads would demand implementation by the CFA. The Chair 
responded. Merrill W. Drennan (Baltimore) moved to amend the 
report so that the recommendation would be for referral only. 
Mr. Duck accepted the amendment on behalf of the committee. 
Jerome K. Del Pino (Southern New England) asked whether 
such referral was a referral for implementation; the Chair repKed 
that it was. Mr. Duck stated that it would mean referral to the 
Council on Finance and Administration for whatever disposition 
they would determine, and that as an agency of the General 
Conference, they would report that disposition back to the 
General Conference. David L. Dykes, Jr. (Louisiana) asked 
whether approval of the report would give the Council permis- 
sion to set up such an office and finance it, if the Council felt it 
wise to do so. Mr. Duck replied that it would, and stated again 
that the Council already performed some functions in the area of 
legal services. 

Gloster B. Current (New York) spoke in opposition to the 
report. C. W. Hancock (South Georgia) stated that it was 
because of its understanding that the Council already had a legal 
department that the Committee on Financial Administration had 
recommended nonconcurrence with a similar petition. Merrill W. 
Drennan (Baltimore) stated that, inasmuch as the Council was 
already performing this service, it would welcome the reference 
as an expression of support by the General Conference for such a 
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Melvin M. Finkbeiner (Pacific Northwest) moved the previous 
question on all before the Conference, and the previous question 
was adopted. The report, as amended, was put to a vote and 
adopted (see page 1881). 

Report No. 46, Calendar No. 307 

Mr. Duck presented the report and explained that it was a 
statement of policy that would require the permission of the 
bishop for fund-raising activities by general agencies in an annual 
conference. Ruth Tubbs (Wisconsin) requested that speakers 
using the name of the denominaton refer to it correctly as The 
United Methodist Church. Clifford Broke (California-Nevada) 
asked whether approval of this report would give individual 
bishops the authority to countermand an action of a general 
agency in instructing one of its staff persons to follow up on an 
agency decision. Mr. Duck responded that the language of the 
report was that the staff person must have the bishop's 
permission. Mr. Droke stated that he was opposed to the report. 
Walter N. i^aZa/ (Florida) asked a question about the effect of the 
proposed policy; Mr. Duck responded. 

Patricia Soderholm (Wisconsin) moved to amend the report by 
substituting the word "informing" for "granted permission by." 
Fletcher Carter (South Carolina) asked for an illustration of what 
kind of fund-raising activity would be affected by this policy; Mr. 
Duck responded. Willie B. Clay (Northern Illinois) objected to 
Mr. Duck's interpretation, observing that the language of the 
report referred to "all fund-raising drives." He attempted to 
introduce an amendment, but the Chair stated that he was not in 
order inasmuch as there was already an amendment before the 
Conference. Robert L. Dillard, Jr. (North Texas) identified 
himself as a member of the legislative committee and explained 
further the purpose of the proposed policy statement. Richard 
Cain (Southern Cahfornia-Arizona) spoke in opposition to the 
report. 

Kathi Hughes (Virginia) moved the previous question. The 
Chair put Mrs. Soderholm's amendment to a vote and stated that 
it was defeated. Terry C. Thomason (Southern New England) 
spoke against the report. Charles Stewart (Florida) moved the 
previous question. Edgar F. Singer (Wyoming) raised a point of 
order, that when Ms. Hughes moved the previous question, her 
motion had not been put to a vote. The Chair stated that Mr. 
Singer was correct. The previous question was put to a vote and 
was adopted. Mrs. Soderholm's amendment was again put to a 
vote and was defeated. Torrey Kaatz (West Ohio) asked whether 
there had been sufficient speeches for and against the report. The 



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Chair replied that there were. Mr. Stewart's motion for the 
previous question on the report was put to a vote and was 
approved. Mr. Duck made a final statement on behalf of the 
committee. The report was put to a vote and was defeated (see 
page 1882). 

Report No. 48, Calendar No. 309 

Mr. Duck explained that the report was on a petition calUng for 
the use of the term "moderator" at the annual conference level, 
and that the committee recommendation was for nonconcurrence. 
The committee recommendation was approved (see page 1882). 

Report No. 58, Calendar Nos. 350-351 

Mr. Duck explained that the report consisted of two calendar 
items, a majority report and a minority report. The Chair 
explained the procedure for considering the reports. Mr. Duck 
stated that the subject of the report was the provision of child 
care by church agencies at official meetings at all levels of the 
church, and that the majority report was a recommendation of 
nonconcurrence. He explained that the minority report was a 
statement supporting the petition. 

The Chair stated that, since the majority report was for 
nonconcurrence, the Conference would proceed to perfect the 
minority report. Phyllis Tyler Wayman (Southern CaUfornia- 
Arizona) presented the minority report and spoke in support of 
it. Lloyd A. Peters (Oklahoma) asked how the report could be 
implemented without a provision for funding. Ms. Wayman 
replied that the cost of providing persons to care for children 
could be borne either by the body holding the meeting or by the 
individuals using the child care service, but that there was no 
General Conference funding involved. Miriam Isaacs (New York) 
spoke in support of the minority report. Leonard Slutz (West 
Ohio) also spoke in favor of the minority report. William C. 
Vaughan (Virginia) opposed it. Mr. Slutz spoke to clarify the 
provisions of the minority report. 

Floyd H. Coffman (Kansas East) moved the previous question 
on all before the Conference. The Chair ascertained that there 
had been two speakers on each side of the question, and the 
previous question was voted. The minority report was put to a 
vote and was approved. The Chair stated that by this action, the 
minority report had been substituted for the majority report. 
Report No. 58 as substituted was put to a vote and adopted (see 
page 1885). 

Report No. 83, Calendar No. 376 

Mr. Duck explained that the report dealt with a petition calling 



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for a reduction in the size of general boards and agencies, and 
that the recommendation was for referral to the General Council 
on Ministries for study and report back to the 1980 General 
Conference. The recommendation was adopted (see page 1891). 

Report No. 86, Calendar No. 379 

Mr. Duck reported that the petition dealt with the subject, 
"No Discrimination with Respect to Age," and that the 
recommendation was for referral to the General Council on 
Ministries for study and report back to the 1980 General 
Conference. The report was adopted (see page 1891). 

Report No. 95, Calendar No. 388 (see pages 1894-1907) 

Mr. Duck observed that some of the committee's reports could 
best be handled after action on Report No. 95. He asked Charles 
A. Sayre (Southern New Jersey), chairman of the sub-committee 
which had prepared the report, to lead in its presentation. Mr. 
Sayre explained that the report dealt with amendments to the 
1972 Book of Discipline, Pars. 801-823, and was related to 
material printed in an advance edition of the Daily Christian 
Advocate. Mr. Sayre further explained that certain paragraphs 
in the report were also related to other reports of the committee, 
and that reference to these would be made as appropriate. He 
presented editorial corrections to the printed report. By way of 
procedure, he suggested that the report be perfected seriatim 
and that each paragraph (801, 802, etc.) be voted separately. 

Mr. Sayre presented the recommended amendments to Par. 
801. Vernon Bigler (Western New York) moved to amend the 
report, Par. 801.1, by restoring the language found in the 1972 
Discipline, "God reconciles all people to himself." He spoke in 
support of his amendment. P. Boyd Mather (Iowa) opposed the 
amendment, stating that the proposed new language would 
include God's provision for reconciliation between persons as well 
as reconciliation of persons to himself. Mr. Sayre made a final 
statement on behalf of the committee. The amendment was 
defeated and Par. 801 was approved as recommended by the 
committee (see page 1894). 

Adjournment 

Joe Pevahouse (Memphis) moved that the session be ad- 
journed, and the motion was adopted. The Secretary made 
announcements. Bishop Goodson expressed appreciation to 
members of the Virginia Conference delegation, to his wife, and 
to the Conference for their support during his presiding. Bishop 
Carl J. Sanders, Birmingham Area, pronounced the benediction. 



x 



SEVENTH DAY, TUESDAY, MAY 4, 1976 
EVENING SESSION 

Opening — Bishop James K. Mathews 

Pursuant to adjournment, the General Conference of The 
United Methodist Church convened in the evening session of the 
seventh day, Tuesday, May 4, 1976, at 7:30 p.m. in the Memorial 
Coliseum, Portland, Oregon, with Bishop James K. Mathews, 
Washington Area, presiding. 

Carlton Young led the Conference in the singing of the hymn, 
"Blow Ye The Trumpet, Blow." Felton E. May (Peninsula) led in 
prayer. 

Committee on Calendar 

Leroy C. Hodapp (South Indiana), chairman of the committee, 
moved that the report of the Committee on Administrative 
Order, which was under consideration when the afternoon 
session adjourned, be discontinued for the purpose of considering 
other calendar items. Mr. Hodapp explained the purpose of the 
motion and outlined the matters which would be presented to this 
Conference session if the motion was adopted: reports of the 
Committee on Council on Ministries on proposed missional 
priorities, the report of the Committee on Conferences regarding 
the Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference, and either the 
report on the Social Principles or a resumption of the report 
discontinued at the end of the afternoon session. 

John T. King (Southwest Texas) asked whether the report of 
the Committee on Financial Administration related to the 
missional priorities would be presented at the same time as the 
Committee on Council on Ministries report. Mr. Hodapp 
indicated that it could not and asked Thomas P. Moore (East 
Ohio), chairman of the Committee on Financial Administration, 
to comment further. Mr. Moore explained that, under the rules of 
the Conference, the legislative committee's recommendations on 
matters of funding would come as amendments to the report of 
the Council on Finance and Administration, and that that report 
was scheduled to begin Thursday evening. Mr. King moved as a 
substitute that the report from the Legislative Committee on 
Council on Ministries regarding missional priorities be deferred 
until that time when the report from the Legislative Committee 
on Financial Administration regarding missional priorities will be 
available for discussion, so that the two could be discussed at the 
same time. 

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Mr. King: Bishop and friends, the word "priority" to me means something 
special, it means something to which we want to give very serious consideration 
because of the nowness — because of the urgency of it. I cannot see how we can 
make a determination on a programmatic matter without at the same time looking 
at the financial aspect regarding that programmatic matter. 

And if it's a real priority, then it does not have the same kind of relationship to 
regular budgetary items that other matters would have. I think it would be very 
unfortunate and very unfair if the report on Missional Priorities from the COM 
legislative committee would be discussed without the financial implications being 
laid side by side with it. So I am opposed to this being done in that way. 

Mr. Moore: Bishop, it is by Disciplinary order, Par. 842 on page 261. The 
General Council on Finance and Administration is to present all funding 
recommendations in the form of an entire budget to the General Conference. 
Now, at some time that was put into the Discipline because of a sense of wisdom. 
Apparently based upon the fact that without this kind of protection for the body of 
General Conference, then whoever hit the floor first with the most emotional 
appeal would be he who got the dollars, all the apples in the barrel. Now if we are 
able to take a look at a total budget all at one time, I think the General Conference 
can come out of here with the most sane budget. 

But we must have the Missional Priorities established first. GCFA cannot 
respond until General Conference, meaning General Conference itself, has 
actually said that it wants these Missional Priorities. So far we have heard these 
from the General Council on Ministries, fi-om individual members of the General 
Conference, but General Conference itself has not spoken. That must be done 
first and then there must be time for Council on Finance and Administration to 
respond with the proper total budget after matters are in. Hence, I would have to 
speak against this amendment. 

Mr. King's substitute was put to a vote and was defeated. Mr. 
Hodapp's motion was adopted. 

Mr. Hodapp called attention to the special edition of the Daily 
Christian Advocate which had been placed on delegates' desks 
and expressed appreciation to Roger Burgess, editor, and the 
Daily Christian Advocate staff for the preparation of the special 
edition. He then called on C. R. Hager (Kentucky) to provide 
guidance in the presentation of calendar items. 

Committee on Council on Ministries 

Mr. Hager called for reports to be presented by the Legislative 
Committee on Council on Ministries, G. Ross Freeman (South 
Georgia), chairman. Mr. Freeman explained that the Council on 
Ministries reports on the missional priorities would also give the 
Conference opportunity to consider various approaches to 
funding the priorities and to express a preference among those 
approaches in making its reference to the Council on Finance and 
Administration. By way of introduction, Mr. Freeman called 
attention to Report No. 11, Calendar No. 320, the report deahng 
with the quadrennial theme, and pointed out the relationship 
between the theme and the missional priorities which were being 
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Mr. Freeman stated that the committee would be recommend- 
ing three missional priorities: ethnic minority churches, world 
hunger, and evangeUsm. 

Report No. 22, Calendar Nos. 344, 345 (see pages 1801-1803) 

Mr. Freeman explained that this report was the report on the 
missional priority on ethnic minority churches, that there were 
both majority and minority reports on this subject, and that the 
majority report would be presented by Roy C. Clark (Tennes- 
see). 

Mr. Clark: This is Calendar Item 344, Report No. 22 of the Committee on 
Council on Ministries. This deals with the Missional Priority of Ethnic Minority 
Local Churches. It is a recommendation by the committee that the strengthening 
of ethnic minority churches has become one of the missional priorities of the 
quadrennium. You will note that it calls upon Annual Conferences to evaluate its 
ministry in these areas, to give priority in the use of its funds for this purpose. It 
provides for a progress report on the development of this priority by Annual 
Conferences, and then it provides for funding of the emphasis. This is the 
recommendation of the committee that it be adopted. 

Mr. Freeman called on Harold F. Smith, Sr. (Southern New 
England) for the presentation of the minority report. Mr. Smith 
read the minority report, which called for the full $5 million 
funding for the ethnic minority local churches missional priority 
to come from the World Service Fund. 

The Chair called for discussion and perfecting of the majority 
report. Ernest W. Lee (Southern New Jersey) moved to amend 
the majority report, the first sentence of the paragraph dealing 
with funding through a general Advance special, by deleting the 
words "further" and "that the General Conference affirm," so 
that the sentence would begin, "We recommend a general 
Advance special ..." Mr. Clark accepted the amendment on 
behalf of the committee. 

Richard W. Cain (Southern California- Arizona) moved to 
amend the majority report by adding a new paragraph after the 
paragraph which ends with the words, "to the General Council on 
Ministries." The new paragraph would read as follows: "That the 
General Conference affirm the General Council on Ministries in 
their request to the general program agencies to consider a 
reordering of their priorities so as to respond to the $5,000,000 
annual request for the ethnic minority local church missional 
priority." John H. Mikkelsen (Nebraska) raised a point of order; 
the Chair ruled that the point of order was not well taken. Mr. 
Cain spoke in behalf of his amendment. The amendment was put 
to a vote and defeated. 

Harold F. Smith, Sr. (Southern New England) moved the 
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Droke (California-Nevada) asked for clarification as to whether 
there was any difference between the minority and majority 
reports other than the source of the $5 milhon funding. Mr. Smith 
replied that that was the only difference. Mr. Droke then asked 
whether it was appropriate for the Conference to take action 
between the majority and minority reports at this time, in \iew 
of the action earher in the evening on Mr. King's motion. The 
Chair replied that in either event, under the Conference rules, 
the Conference's action would be referred to the Council on 
Finance and Administration. 

Roy Barton (Rio Grande): Mr. Chairman. I speak in favor of the minority 
report, and I would Hke to make several comments about this report. First of all 
let me say that I have been a member of the General Council of Ministries and 
have also been a member of the Committee on Finance so I have been rather fully 
aware of the struggle that both the task force and the GJeneral Council have gone 
through to tr\- to arrive at some recommendation. It is also a little difficult to 
speak again about this Missional Priority, because I really think everyone has 
heard the storj-. 

If I were to begin to talk about the status of the Ethnic Minority Local Church 
it would be redundant. It has been on every newspaper, church newspaper, in 
mailings and in our reports. We have heai'd it probably at District Council, we 
have heard it at legislative committees; it has been brought before you here 
already initially. So to talk about the status of the Ethnic Minority Local 
Churches is a little redundant now. I don't think that I can add any more to what 
has already been said about the needs and about what is before us. 

And then there is a certain degree of risk in reenforcing some possible images 
and attitudes about where the Ethnic Minority community is within the Church 
and its ability to maintain itself and carry out the mission of the church. 

So what I would hke to do, I would like to take a little slice of what I am very 
familiar with, and I really think a lot of this would shde over into the other Ethnic 
Minorities. 

I am very familiar with at least one of them. I belong to a Conference where 
The United Methodist Church has invested over 100 years of service. Many of you 
know the history and have known the conditions of that portion of the Ethnic 
Minority Local Church for many, many, many years. I am from the Southwest, 
the South Central Jurisdiction: the South Central Jurisdiction people know 
exactly what I am talking about. And this is very true about the other minority 
churches. 

What I want to say is that for years and years we have been trying to put our 
thing together by pieces. We have come to the general agencies, a Httle bit at the 
time, we have come to divisions, boards, committees, task forces, staff people, 
trying to put it together. And we have been doing this a little bit at the time. And 
when finally the General Council on Ministries gave us the opportunity to bring 
the total aspect of the church to it, it raised a lot of expectations in the midst of the 
community. And it is before you. 

If all of you had been attending as many consultations as we have in the last ten 
years, concerning where we are, you would also say, "How long do we have to 
keep doing this?" 

Finally the GCOM has been given the authority to look at missional issues, 
missional priorities, and here we are. Just let me say that I just don't reidly believe 
that the delegates are against the Missional Priorities. It's how much can we 
really afford, and I wish I had more time to tell you about what at least one of 



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these Annual Conferences whose economic power is way beyond all other Annual 
Conferences is able to do when it determines that there are some survival things 
at stake. And I wish I had some time to tell you what I am trying to do, encourage 
you not to be afraid of investing a great deal of the whole United Methodist 
Church in the life of the Ethnic Minority Local Church. It would be far worth it. 
Thank you. 

William O. Walker (Oregon-Idaho) made a statement asking for 
help in knowing which of the two approaches would result in 
raising the most money for the missional priority. 

Alferd E. Wilken (Iowa) observed that the minority report 
related only to the last portion of the majority report, and if Mr. 
Smith's motion to substitute the one report for the other were 
adopted, the other recommendations contained in the majority 
report would be lost. Mr. Smith rephed that the intent of the 
motion was to substitute the minority report only for the portion 
of the majority report beginning with the words, "We recom- 
mend a general Advance special ..." 

Hazel M. Decker (Texas) spoke in support of the minority 
report. Donald W. Durham (Kentucky) spoke against it. 
Douglas F. Verdin (New York) spoke in favor of it. Robert 
Courtney (East Ohio) asked for clarification regarding the 
provisions of the minority report; Mr. Smith responded. Mr. 
Courtney spoke against the minority report. Blaine E. Taylor 
(Southern New England) spoke for it. 

Carroll H. Long (Holston) asked a question about the 
percentage increase in the World Service apportionment which 
would result from each of the reports. Merrill Drennan 
(Baltimore) estimated that the minority report would result in a 
twenty percent increase. Mr. Long made a further comment. 
Robert Albrecht (Northern Illinois) attempted to move a 
substitute for the minority report, but the Chair ruled that it was 
not a proper substitute. Mr. Albrecht made an additional 
statement, which the Chair ruled was a statement against the 
minority report. 

C. W. Hancock (South Georgia) asked whether there was a 
procedure by which the Conference could separate the estab- 
lishment of the missional priority from the question of funding 
the priority. The Chair responded. G. Eliot Jones (Mississippi) 
raised a point of order, that the Conference should not be 
considering funding methods, but should only refer these matters 
to the Legislative Committee on Financial Administration and 
the Council on Finance and Administration. The Chair did not 
sustain the point of order, observing that it had already been 
stated that the Conference's action on this report would be 
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R. Thompson (Baltimore) made a statement supporting the 
process being followed, by which the referral would also include 
guidance from the Conference as to the method of funding. 

Woodrow Seals (Texas) moved as a substitute the following: 
"The General Conference directs GCOM to provide a program 
and special committee to spend $3 million in the next quadren- 
nium for scholarships only, to be awarded to appropriate 
recipients of black, Hispanic-American, Asian-American, and 
Native American (sic), and to be administered by GCOM, and, 
further, that this $3 milUon be provided by World Service and 
none of the $3 milUon be used for any administration costs, but 
GCOM will use funds from their general budget for the 
administration of this program." Zan Holmes, Jr. (North Texas) 
spoke against the substitute and in favor of the minority report. 
William B. Oden (Oklahoma) asked whether it would be in order 
to call for the previous question on all before the Conference; the 
Chair replied that it would not be in order at this time. Harold 
Smith, Sr. (Southern New England) made a final statement in 
behalf of the minority position against Mr. Seals' substitute; the 
substitute was defeated. 

Mr. Smith made a final statement in support of substituting the 
minority report for the majority report. Mr. Freem,an made the 
final statement in support of the majority report. 

Mr. Freeman: There is absolutely no question in the mind of the committee nor 
of this conference about the importance of this Missional Priority. I believe that 
all of us came here completely committed to it. So that the question is not the 
direction in which we are going, it is simply a matter of how are we going to get 
there. 

I think it is important for us to note that the majority of the legislative 
committee felt that we ought to move in the direction of the majority report. 
There were 13 votes against that majority report; the overwhelming number was 
in favor of it. I think it is important for us at this stage in the General Conference 
not to lose perspective. We understand the enormous weight of the world's 
problems, and we understand that we are not to be concerned primarily about 
ourselves but we are to look at the needs of people everywhere around the world. 

It does seem that we need to shore up some of the weak places in our Church. 
We do need to throw the resources of the entire denomination into those areas 
where there is the great need. But let's remember that our e.xistence is not simply 
to build up ourselves but to become the channel through which the grace and the 
power of God can move in blessing to the entire world. The majority felt that this 
was very important and we felt that we needed the two prong approach to 
providing funding for it. We see the importance of getting an item in World 
Service and $2 million is placed there, but we also know the tremendous appeal 
which can be generated in the Advance special, and so we wanted to make an 
appeal to the entire Church for first mile giving and for second mile giving. I hope 
that you will defeat the minority report and support the committee in the 
majority recommendation which is before us. 

The motion to substitute the minority report for the majority 
report was defeated. 



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The majority report, Calendar No. 344, was adopted (see page 
1801). In response to a question from Mr. Freeman, the Chair 
indicated that the report would be referred without motion to the 
Council on Finance and Administration. 

Report No. 21, Calendar No. 343 (see page 1801) 

Mr. Freeman stated that the report dealt with the missional 
priority on world hunger and asked Roy C. Clark (Tennessee) to 
present it. Mr. Clark indicated editorial corrections which 
needed to be made in the printed report. Alva H. Clark 
(Nebraska) moved to amend the report, section a), the first 
sentence, so that the sentence would read, "Recommend 
approval of a minimum of $5 milUon additional money annually for 
the alleviation of world hunger, and that this amount of $5 miUion 
be funded through an apportioned benevolence." He spoke in 
support of the amendment. A. Jason Shirah (South Georgia) 
spoke against it. Paul M. Minus (West Ohio) spoke for it. Melvin 
M. Finkbeiner (Pacific Northwest) spoke in opposition to it. Mr. 
Clark made a final statement in behalf of the committee report. 
The Assistant Secretary read Mr. Clark's amendment, and it 
was defeated. 

S. Clifton Ives (Maine) moved to amend the report, section a), 
the first sentence, by substituting the following for the material 
in the parentheses: "(that $2 million be funded through the World 
Service apportionment and that a minimum of $3.5 milUon from 
Advance specials, the latter being developed in a broad 
category.)" The Chair indicated that the amendment failed for 
lack of a second. 

D. W. Brooks (North Georgia) spoke in support of the 
committee report. John R. Van Sickle (Northern IlUnois) asked a 
question for clarification; Mr. Clark responded. 

J. Irwin Trotter (Southern California- Arizona) moved to 
amend the report, the material in parentheses in the first 
sentence of section a), to read as follows: "(all of the money to be 
raised through Advance specials.)" He spoke in support of his 
amendment. Charles Purdham (Minnesota) spoke against it. 
Terry C. Thomason (Southern New England) made a statement 
urging that, in responding to new priorities, the Conference cut 
back some of its support for other causes. The Chair stated that 
his speech would be recorded as one in support of the 
amendment. William P. Appelgate (Iowa) spoke in opposition to 
the amendment. Douglas F. Verdin (New York) spoke for it. 
Elizabeth S. Brogdon (Southern New Jersey) moved to amend 
the amendment to read as follows: "That a general Advance 
special of $5 million for the world hunger priority be approved, 



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with the understanding that administrative and promotional 
costs of the hunger program will be borne by the agencies 
charged with the responsibihty for this program." Mr. Trotter 
accepted the amendment. W. David Stedman (Western North 
Carolina) spoke against the amendment. 

Paul Hardin (Northern New Jersey) moved the previous 
question on the amendment. The previous question motion was 
adopted. Mr. Clark asked Ruth Daugherty (Eastern Pennsyl- 
vania) to make a final statement in behalf of the committee 
position. 

Mrs. Daugherty: We have been hearing about the best stewardship of ovir 
resources. It was the opinion of this Committee that this proposal before you, the 
majority report of the Committee, does represent the best stewardship of our 
resources. The proposal for Advance Special means that no funds can come from 
that money for administrative costs. It was amended, I believe, or accepted that 
administrative costs come from the program boards. I was a part of the hearing 
team for some of those program boards in the finances — for the budget for this 
next quadrennium and I know that those budgets are bare bones and don't even 
cover the inflationary rate. So to vote this means that we are asking those boards 
to cut further the programs which they have to take out administrative costs for 
these funds. I support the majority report of the committee because I believe this 
is the best stewardship and, because in the total interest of our whole Church in 
the program which our program boards and agencies are responsible for under 
the Discipline, this is the best plan in a two-pronged approach. 

The Assistant Secretary read Mr. Trotter's amendment, and it 
was defeated. 

Jerry G. Bray, Jr. (Virginia) stated as a matter of privilege 
that Mr. Ives' amendment, which the Chair had ruled to have 
failed for lack of a second, had in fact been seconded. At the 
Chair's request, S. Clifton Ives (Maine) stated his amendment 
again (see above, page 385) and spoke in support of it. Mr. Clark 
spoke in favor of the committee report. Mr. Ives' amendment was 
defeated. 

C. P. Minnick (Virginia) moved to amend the report, section 
c), so that the distribution of receipts would be 80% for the Board 
of Global Ministries, 8% for the Board of Discipleship, 8% for the 
Board of Church and Society, and 4% for the Board of Higher 
Education and Ministry. Mr. Minnick spoke in support of his 
amendment. Charles Stewart (Florida) spoke against it. K. June 
Goldman (Iowa) moved an amendment to Mr. Minnick's 
amendment, that the first year of the program the percentages 
be as stated in the committee report, and that each succeeding 
year the amounts distributed to the Boards of Discipleship and 
Church and Society be reduced 2% and that distributed to the 
Board of Higher Education and Ministry be reduced 1%, with 



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these deductions to be added to the share distributed to the 
Board of Global Ministries. 

Gloster B. Current (New York) moved that the Conference 
recess for ten minutes, but the motion was defeated. Heinz P. 
Fischer (South Germany) moved suspension of the rules in order 
to be able to move the previous question on all before the 
Conference. The motion to suspend the rules was adopted. Mr. 
Fischer moved the previous question, and the motion was 
adopted. Franklin Blackstone, Jr. (Western Pennsylvania) stated 
that he wished to ask a question on the report; the Chair 
suggested that he wait until later. 

Mr. Clark made a final statement on behalf of the committee. 

Mr. Clark: I would like to say as you look at this, I would like to remind you of 
one or two things and then make a statement about the basic principle involved. 
First of all, I want you to be very aware of the statement at the top of the second 
column of this particular resolution. It says that this is to be reviewed annually by 
the recipient agency, which is the GCOM, in consultation with the Coordinating 
Committee on Hunger and the Advance Committee. 

The purpose of that is so that in the case of real need for hunger that should be 
met or other emergency need, these percentages can be adjusted. There is built 
into the proposal a means of responding to needs which may demand a different 
percentage break-up than the one which you see initially before you at this time. 
Secondly, you ought to be aware that this particular division of funds has been 
agreed upon by an inter-agency task force; it has been negotiated in terms of the 
anticipated contributions of each of these areas; and is presented after having 
been very carefully worked out. 

Now, the third thing I want to say to you is this. I understand, as a local pastor, 
quite clearly that what the people in the local church want to give to, is directly to 
feed someone. But I submit to you that we are increasingly learning that there 
simply are not resources to continue simply feeding people unless we get to the 
systemic causes of hunger and do something about them. 

There must be a holistic approach. And I know it will be much easier to go back 
home and tell stories about hungry people and raise money. You have more of an 
educational and interpretive and, I think, a more constructive task to do to go 
back and interpret and approach the hunger which attempts to deal with it in all of 
its facets. And I hope you wDl support the report of the committee. 

Mrs. Goldman asked to withdraw her amendment, and it was 
withdrawn. Mr. Blackstone asked a question regarding the 
proposed allocation to the Board of Higher Education and 
Ministry; Mr. Clark responded. Mr. Minnick's amendment was 
put to a vote and defeated. 

Report No. 21 was put to a vote and adopted (see page 1801). 

Report No. 23, Calendar No. 346 

Mr. Freeman stated that the report dealt with a petition on the 
subject of world hunger and asked that it be editorially amended 
to include reference to Calendar No. 343. William S. Evans, II 



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(Memphis) attempted to offer an amendment, but the Chair ruled 
that it was not in order. The report was adopted (see page 1803). 

Report No. 25, Calendar No. 348 

Mr. Freeman asked that this report also be editorially 
amended by inclusion of a reference to Calendar No. 343. The 
report was adopted (see page 1803). 

Report No. 24, Calendar No. 347 

Mr. Freeman read the report, a resolution recommending 
certain actions to Church World Service. The report was adopted 
(see page 1803). 

Report No. 26, Calendar No. 349 

Mr. Freeman explained that the report dealt with the third 
missional priority being recommended by the legislative commit- 
tee and asked Roy C. Clark (Tennessee) to lead in its 
presentation. Mr. Clark stated that it was the report deaUng 
with the missional priority on evangelism; he presented an 
editorial change which needed to be made in the report as 
printed. 

Franklin Blackstone, Jr. (Western Pennsylvania) asked 
whether there was any provision for funding this priority. Mr. 
Clark replied that it would be funded through the normal 
channels of the Board of Discipleship. Mr. Blackstone moved to 
amend the report by inserting a paragraph to read, "And that a 
general Advance special therefor be estabUshed." He spoke in 
support of his amendment. Kathy LaPoint (CaUfornia-Nevada) 
spoke against it. Edward L. Duncan (Detroit) spoke for the 
amendment. 

Emerson S. Colaw (West Ohio) moved to amend the amend- 
ment by adding at the end of the eighth paragraph of the 
proposed resolution, the following words: "that additional 
funding of $250,000 annually be provided to make evangehsm a 
genuine priority." He spoke in support of his amendment and 
indicated that if adopted it should be referred to the Council on 
Finance and Administration for implementation. Alva H. Clark 
(Nebraska) spoke in opposition to the amendment. William B. 
Grove (Western Pennsylvania) spoke in favor of it. Martha E. 
Loyd (West Virginia) opposed it. Roy E. Blessing (West 
Virginia) spoke in support of it. Thomas L. Cromwell (East Ohio) 
spoke for it. 

John P. Miles (Little Rock) moved the previous question on all 
before the Conference. The previous question motion was 
adopted. In his final statement for the committee, Mr. Clark said 



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that the question of funding had not been before the legislative 
committee, and that therefore he would not speak for or against 
the amendments. Allan Zagray (East Ohio) raised a parUamen- 
tary inquiry, and the Chair agreed that Mr. Colaw's motion was 
in effect a substitute for Mr. Blackstone's. Mr. Colaw's 
substitute was adopted, thereby replacing Mr. Blackstone's 
amendment. The amendment as substituted was adopted, and 
the report as amended was adopted (see page 1804). 

Committee on Discipleship, Report No. 1, Calendar No. 130 

Mr. Freeman stated that the Legislative Committee on 
Discipleship had some reports related to the missional priority on 
evangelism, and asked that they be introduced at this time. 
Wesley Bailey (Western North Carolina), chairman of the 
legislative committee, presented the report, indicating that it 
was supportive of the missional priority on evangeUsm. The 
report was approved (see page 1347). 

Report No. 2, Calendar No. 131 

Mr. Bailey explained that the report recommended concur- 
rence with Recommendation #1 of the Membership Trends 
study; the report was adopted (see pages 1347, 2071). 

Report No. 3, Calendar No. 132 

Mr. Bailey presented the report, dealing with the celebration 
of Covenant Sunday, and it was adopted (see page 1347). 

Report No. 4, Calendar No. 133 

Mr. Bailey presented the report, which dealt with "Evange- 
lism Week," and it was approved (see page 1347). 

Report No. 5, Calendar No. 134 

Mr. Bailey explained that the report dealt with EvangeUsm 
Sunday, and that it contained a recommendation for a special 
offering, with the proceeds to be used to fund evangehsm 
programs. Mr. Freeman, chairman of the Legislative Committee 
on Council on Ministries, suggested that the report be referred to 
the Council on Finance and Administration. It was referred (see 
pages 1348, 2054). 

Report No. 6, Calendar No. 135 

Mr. Bailey noted that the report was related to Recommenda- 
tion #2 of the Membership Trends study; it was adopted (see 
pages 1349, 2071). 



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Report No. 7, Calendar No. 136 

Mr. Bailey presented the report, dealing with Recommenda- 
tion #4 of the Membership Trends study, and it was approved 
(see pages 1349, 2071). 

Report No. 8, Calendar No. 154 

Mr. Bailey explained that the report dealt with Recommenda- 
tion #5 of the Membership Trends study. P. Boyd Mather 
(Iowa) asked a question regarding the scheduhng of reports 
deahng with voting rights for the Oklahoma Indian Missionary 
Conference; Leroy C. Hodapp (South Indiana), chairman of the 
Committee on Calendar, replied. Report No. 8 was adopted (see 
pages 1349, 2071). 

Committee on Council on Ministries, Report No. 11, 

Calendar No. 320 

G. Ross Freeman (South Georgia), chairman of the legislative 
committee, explained that the report dealt with the establish- 
ment of a quadrennial theme, the relationship of the missional 
priorities to the theme, and the task force which would oversee 
the theme. Wayne E. Shoemaker (Iowa) moved to amend the 
report by inserting the following new sentence just prior to the 
last paragraph: "Funds received from world hunger and evange- 
lism priorities shall not be used to provide support for present 
staff members of the recipient boards and agencies, and no staff 
members to promote these causes shall be employed without the 
approval of the General Council on Ministries." He spoke in 
support of his amendment, and it was adopted. 

Elaine J. Woodworth (Pacific Northwest) moved to amend the 
report as follows: by deleting the first eight paragraphs; by 
deleting from the ninth paragraph the words, "vital concerns 
enumerated in Committed to Christ-Called to Change be 
enabhng guidelines for fulfillment of the theme and with" and "so 
that these issues together"; and by substituting "these priorities" 
for "the theme" in the last paragraph. 

Ms. Woodworth: I'd like to speak to it. I know this isn't a very controversial 
proposal in a lot of ways, but I feel called to make the amendment. Some of you 
have read my feelings about this document as printed in the Young Adult Caucus 
newsletter. Combining two sorry pieces of proposed kind of programming 
emphasis doesn't really make the union any better than either of the original two. 

Before I go on, I want to make three basic amendments, just so that there's 
clarity about where I stand. I love the Church and I want it to be strong. I know 
that there are brilliant inspirational leaders in the Church and I take stewardship 
seriously. Because of these things, however, and because the Church exists in an 
agonizing world, we need to hear a strong voice to lead us in program 
development. I cannot vote for this document. It is tranquilizing in nature, 
simplistic in content, and disintegrated in organization. 



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The document calls us back to where we've already been when what we need is 
progressive leadership. While we've been here this week we've heard some 
dynamic speakers— Bishop Thomas, Bishop Armstrong, Dr. Olds, and Bishop 
Choy this morning, among them. These men have led us to see new directions for 
our ministry. It's good to get this kind of inspu-ation. If we as a General 
Conference can't grasp ahold of the hard realities we face, we ought to be 
ashamed, but, in any case, we ought to justify expending the Church's money to 
print resources until we have a document of quality to present to the Church and 
to the world. The three priorities we've just voted speak clearly and boldly to 
these issues. I urge concurrence with this amendment — that we let the Missional 
Priorities stand on their own sufficient merit. 

William C. Vaughan (Virginia) spoke against the amendment. 
Richard 0. Truitt (Wisconsin) spoke for it. John N. Grenfell 
(Detroit) spoke in opposition to it. The amendment was defeated. 
Report No. 11 was adopted as amended (see page 1778). 

Committee on Conferences, Report No. 67, Calendar No. 
153 

C. R. Hager, Committee on Calendar, called for reports from 
the Legislative Committee on Conferences. Bruce Blake (Kansas 
West), chairman of the committee, made a brief statement of 
introduction to the reports, which dealt with the subject of voting 
rights for three missionary conferences, and called on Kenneth 
Hulit (East Ohio) for presentation of the reports. 

Mr. Hulit explained that the report grew out of the desire to 
extend General Conference voting rights to members of the 
Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference. Inasmuch as this was a 
matter requiring amendments to the Constitution, the report 
consisted of three such amendments, to Pars. 12, 22, and 53. 

John E. Stumbo (Kansas East) spoke in support of the report. 
Alferd E. Wilken (Iowa) suggested that there was a misprint in 
one of the paragraph numbers in the printed report. Leonard 
Slutz (West Ohio) stated that the paragraphs cited in the report 
were paragraphs which needed to be amended as provided in the 
report. The Chair clarified that the report was to amend Pars. 12, 
22, and 53 of the Constitution. The report was adopted, and the 
Chair stated that the vote in favor was "virtually unanimous," 
exceeding the two-thirds vote required for constitutional amend- 
ments (see page 1301). 

Time Extended 

The Chair called attention to the fact that the time set for 
adjournment was at hand. Leroy C. Hodapp (South Indiana) 
moved to extend the time to hear the remainder in a series of 
reports needed to complete the action just begun. The motion 
was adopted. 



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Committee on Conferences, Report No. 77, Calendar No. 
332 

Mr. Hulit explained that because there were no ministerial 
members of either the Alaska or Red Bird Missionary Confer- 
ences, a series of legislative and constitutional changes needed to 
be made to make possible the election of ministerial members to 
General and Jurisdictional Conferences. Ben F. Jordan (North 
Arkansas) asked a question for clarification; Mr. Hulit re- 
sponded. Carroll H. Long (Holston) asked for information as to 
how many ministers and how many lay persons were in each of 
the missionary conferences. Mr. Hulit replied that there were no 
ministerial members in either Alaska or Red Bird Missionary 
Conference. Thomas Roughface, Sr. (Oklahoma Indian Mission- 
ary) reported that there were 65 ministers and 120 churches in 
his conference. John W. Bischoff (Red Bird Missionary) stated 
that there were 16 pastors and 26 churches in that conference. 
The report was adopted, and the Chair stated that it was by 
unanimous vote (see page 1306). 

Report No. 70, Calendar No. 185 

Mr. Hulit presented the report, explaining that it was enabling 
legislation related to the constitutional amendments which had 
been voted by the Conference. He indicated a change which 
needed to be made in the wording of the printed report. 

Patrick Freeman (Kansas East) identified himself as one of 
four Native Americans with voting rights at this General 
Conference and asked that the other Native Americans present 
stand in their places. They were accorded a standing ovation by 
the Conference. 

Report No. 70 was adopted (see page 1303). 

Report No. 73, Calendar No. 188 

Mr. Hulit stated that the report was similar to one which had 
already been approved, and the report was adopted (see page 
1304). 

Report No. 72, Calendar No. 187 

Mr. Hulit explained that adoption of the report would have the 
effect of allowing Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference 
ministers to have their ordination recognized outside the 
boundaries of that Conference. The report was approved (see 
page 1304). 

Report No. 68, Calendar No. 183 

Mr. Hulit presented the report, an amendment to the 



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Disciplinary definition of a missionary conference, and it was 
adopted (see page 1302). 

Report No. 71, Calendar No. 186 

Mr. Hulit presented the report, which provided for consulta- 
tion between the three missionary conferences and the Board of 
Global Ministries for the purpose of determining common 
elements which could be enacted into legislation. The report was 
approved (see page 1304). 

Mr. Blake expressed appreciation to the representatives of the 
three missionary conferences who had worked with the Commit- 
tee on Conferences in preparing these reports. 

Matter of Privilege 

R. Jervis Cooke (Peninsula), speaking on behalf of the 
delegations from the Washington Area, expressed appreciation 
for Bishop and Mrs. Mathews and for Bishop Mathews' presiding 
during the evening session. 

Committee on Calendar 

Leroy C. Hodapp, committee chairman, informed the Confer- 
ence as to which reports it intended to have presented at the next 
day's sessions. He made an additional report as to the progress 
being made in dealing with legislative committee reports. 

Adjournment 

/. B. Holt (Secretary) made announcements. Bishop J. 
Waskom Pickett (Retired) led in a closing prayer. 



EIGHTH DAY, WEDNESDAY, MAY 5, 1976 
MORNING SESSION 

Opening — Bishop Ralph T. Alton 

Pursuant to adjournment, the General Conference of The 
United Methodist Church convened in the morning session of the 
eighth day, Wednesday, May 5, 1976, at 8:30 a.m. in the 
Memorial Coliseum, Portland, Oregon, with Bishop Ralph T. 
Alton, Indiana Area, presiding. 

Zan Holmes, Jr. (North Texas) was the liturgist for the 
devotional service and led the Conference in a responsive Call to 
Worship. The hymn, "Come, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit," was 
sung. The Conference joined in a unison prayer. Selected 
spirituals were sung by The Rust College Choir, Holly Springs, 
Mississippi, under the direction of Mrs. Lassaye Van Buren 
Holmes. Following the reading of Matthew 28:16-20, Bishop W. 
McFerrin Stowe, Dallas-Ft. Worth Area, preached the devo- 
tional sermon on the subject, "And Gladly Teach" (see page 795). 
The closing hymn was "Go, Make of All Disciples." Bishop Stowe 
pronounced the benediction. 

Matters of Privilege 

Merlin D. Conoway (North Mississippi) asked the Conference 
to join him in expressing appreciation to The Rust College Choir, 
and the Conference responded with applause. Mr. Conoway also 
expressed thanks to DePriest Whye of the Black College Fund 
and to the Board of Higher Education and Ministry for their help 
in making it possible for the choir to travel from Holly Springs to 
Portland. 

Richard P. Meredith (Little Rock) made a statement of 
appreciation for Bishop and Mrs. Frank and for Bishop Frank's 
presiding at the Monday evening session of the Conference. 

Committee on Presiding Officers 

Robert Tolbert (East Ohio) reported for the committee that 
Bishop Alton had been chosen to preside at this session, and that 
Bishops Roy C. Nichols and James S. Thomas had been chosen to 
preside at the afternoon and evening sessions respectively. 

Committee on Agenda 

Melvin Brawn (Cahfornia-Nevada), on behalf of the committee, 
moved adoption of the committee's report as printed in the Daily 
Christian Advocate (see Journal, page 822). 

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Committee on Courtesies and Privileges 

Committee member Marilynn Mabee (Southern California- 
Arizona) presented the report and called attention to the 
committee's printed report (see page ). She asked that Gene E. 
Sease (Western Pennsylvania), chairman of the Commission on 
the General Conference, be recognized for presentation of 
members of that Commission and of the local committee. 

Mr. Sease presented members of the Commission on the 
General Conference: Arthur Thurman, A. C. Epps, WilUam 
Beatty, Scott Bozeman, Thurman Dodson, Ruth Boehlke, 
Stanford Strosahl, DeWayne Woodring, Carl Hall, Marion 
Walker, Paul Myers, R. Bryan Brawner, A. G. Jefferson, Irving 
Smith, and the Business Manager and Director of Facilities for 
the Conference, Norman L. Conard. He asked that the 
presentation of members of the local committee be postponed 
briefly. 

Ms. Mabee asked that Bishop Paul L. A. Granadosin, 
PhiUppines Central Conference, be recognized for a matter of 
privilege. Bishop Granadosin introduced Clemente S. Zuniga, 
Jr. (Philippines), who reported that word had been received of 
the death of the father of lay delegate Balbino E. Gatdula, Jr. 
(PhiUppines). Mr. Zuniga stated that Mr. Gatdula, Sr. had been 
the oldest living minister of the church in the Phihppines and 
asked that the Conference express sympathy to his family. By 
vote of the Conference it was so ordered. 

Mr. Sease introduced Herbert C. Hardy, the chairperson of 
the local committee, who presented other local committee 
members: Earlene Anders, Earl Riddle, Ruth Peterson, Wilham 
J. Huneger, Henry L. Haines, Jeanie Stoppel, Howard Somers, 
Elizabeth Watson, James Jenkins, and Lon Burdge. Mr. Sease 
also introduced Chuck Earls, Director of Music, and Jonas 
Nordwall, Organist. 

Ms. Mabee asked that Ralph M. Houston, president of the 
Judicial Council, be recognized for a matter of privilege. Mr. 
Houston presented retired and retiring members of the Judicial 
Council who were present: Vincent P. Clarke, A. Wesley Pugh, 
Murray H. Leiffer, Theodore M. Berry, Kathryn Mowrey Grove, 
and /. Lynd Esch. 

Ms. Mabee asked that Hoover Rupert, a member of the Judicial 
Council, be recognized for a matter of privilege. Mr. Rupert 
expressed appreciation on behalf of members of the Judicial 
Council to the four persons who were retiring from the Council at 
the end of this General Conference session, Mr. Berry, Ms. 
Grove, Mr. Esch, and Mr. Houston, the president of the Council 
during the past quadrennium. 



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Matters of Privilege 

J. Kenneth Forbes (South Indiana), speaking on behalf of the 
conferences of the Indiana Area, expressed a word of welcome 
for the 1980 General Conference, to be held in Indianapolis, and 
noted that the area delegations had had souvenir pens placed on 
delegates' desks as a reminder of the plans for that Conference. 

The Chair requested that as many matters of privilege as 
possible be processed through the Committee on Courtesies and 
Privileges. Dight W. Crain (Southern New England) called 
attention to Report No. 4 of the Committee on Courtesies and 
Privileges, deaUng with the retirement of Emory Stevens Bucke; 
the Chair stated that there would be a special time of recognition 
for Mr. Bucke at a later session of the Conference. 

As a matter of privilege, Alfred B. Bonds (East Ohio) 
expressed gratitude to Bishop W. McFerrin Stowe "for the 
insightful, moving expression which he gave to the relationship 
between vital piety and knowledge in his presentation this 
morning." 



Committee on Calendar 

Leroy C. Hodapp (South Indiana), chairman of the committee, 
made remarks regarding the remaining time available to the 
Conference and its progress in considering calendar items. He 
asked delegates to indicate by a show of hands whether they 
could remain for a Saturday morning session, if such a session 
were held. On the basis of the response, he stated that the 
Conference should plan to complete its business at the Friday 
evening session. He cautioned that his statement was not to be 
understood as a formal action setting the time of final adjourn- 
ment. He moved that for the remaining three days of the 
Conference, 2 p.m. be set as the hour for convening the afternoon 
session, and the motion was adopted. 

Jimmy Sowder (Florida) asked a question about the possibihty 
of a quorum for a Saturday morning session; the Chair 
responded. Richard W. Harrington (Western New York) moved 
that the Conference request the Commission on the General 
Conference to announce beforehand the adjournment time for the 
1980 General Conference, and that the Conference then work 
toward that time and keep faith with it. The motion was adopted, 
and the Chair stated that the action would be referred. 

Mr. Hodapp called on Jeanie Stoppel (Oregon-Idaho), secre- 
tary of the Committee on Calendar, to give leadership in the 
presentation of committee reports. 



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Committee on Higher Education and Ministry, Report No. 
116, Calendar Nos. 494, 495 (see pages 1489, 1915, 1934) 

Ms. Stoppel called on Thomas A. Langford (Western North 
Carolina), chairman of the Legislative Committee on Higher 
Education and Ministry, for reports from that committee. Dr. 
Langford explained the format in which the report was printed, 
noting that deletions and additions were with reference to the 
report of the Bishop and District Superintendent Study Commis- 
sion as printed in an advance edition of the Daily Christian 
Advocate. He pointed out editorial corrections which needed to 
be made in the printed report of the legislative committee, and 
stated also that Par. 398.1 of the 1972 Book of Discipline should 
be inserted immediately following Par. 510 of the legislative 
committee report. He called on Merlyn W. Northfelt (Northern 
Illinois), chairman of the study commission, for a statement. 

Mr. Northfelt: Bishop Alton and members of the General Conference, it's my 
privilege now to remind you that one week ago today we gave you the background 
of our report. We do not intend to repeat that. 

But today, very briefly, as we prepare for the debate which is to come on the 
issue of life or term episcopacy, I wish to call your attention to the fact that the 
specifics of the commission's report are based on the assumption by the 
commission that the office of the bishop needs both to be strengthened and held 
accountable by the Church by realistic support and accountability structures. 

You will not find in the commission's report any legislation regarding the life 
issue, because it is already in the Constitution, and we began with the assumption 
that it should be continued. But we would call your attention to the fact that an 
open election process called for in our report is intended to provide an opportunity 
to measure potential candidates for election to the office of bishop by the 
guidelines we have proposed for leadership in our times. 

Popularity and geographical origin are not adequate reasons for electing 
anyone. But style of leadership, theological competence, commitment to Christ, 
and integrity are important, yes, even vital. Further, we wish to affirm and 
reinforce the office of the bishop as a general superintendent. And we say to them 
that they are members of a corporate body, namely the Council of Bishops. 

In that body they must hold one another accountable for their episcopal 
leadership. They are not individuals free to do as they please about whatever they 
please without recognizing that they have corporate responsibility to and for their 
colleagues. 

We as a commission felt it important also to reaffirm the unique system of 
appointment-making in American Methodism, and hence have inserted quite a 
lengthy part to our report in that regard. For among other things it is our belief 
that ethnic minorities, and of women particularly, have a greater possibility for 
appointment in our system than in any other system. We believe also it is the 
authority of the office of bishop that clearly guarantees that right. We believe 
that term episcopacy would weaken the appointive system, and hence another 
reason for our basic assumption for life tenure. 

Finally, we have taken another step toward general superintendency and away 
from parochialism by a new system of appointing bishops across jurisdictional 
Unes. Our report thus may be seen both as a message to the bishops and to the 
Church, for it is our firm conclusion that the time has come to reaffirm the need 
for a strong, prophetic office of bishop to be filled by persons who see themselves 



398 Journal of the 1976 General Conference 

as servants of Christ and His Church and will make themselves accountable to one 
another, to their constituents, and to the church at large. 

The commission is pleased with the high level of debate that has taken place in 
the commission itself, in the sub-committee of the Legislative Committee on the 
Ministry, and in the whole legislative committee. And now we are pleased at the 
prospect of a candid, open, and rational debate in this General Conference on an 
issue that we feel to be of extreme importance, and we ask that you will support 
the study committee working through this quadrennium in its entire report. 
Thank you. 

Richard E. Hamilton (South Indiana) moved to amend the 
report by including in it amendments to the Constitution, 
Division Three, Pars. 50-59, as proposed in the study commission 
"Minority Report to the General Conference Concerning Term 
Episcopacy," a report which had been distributed in an advance 
edition of the Daily Christian Advocate. He noted that the 
amendment was, in effect, a minority report of the legislative 
committee to Report No. 116 as found in Calendar No. 495. 

Mr. Hamilton: The individuals for whom I speak at this moment bring before 
you the critical amendment to the report of the Commission to Study the 
Episcopacy and the District Superintendency, having to do of course with term 
episcopacy. I want to say that last night the action of this body and the discussion 
in terms of missional and programmatic material was a very positive and 
constructive session. We see this morning as an extension of that kind of approach 
to the work of the Church, now addressing the question of leadership style and 
philosophy. It's the belief of the 24 members of the legislative committee (a 
number which does not appear in the report of action because it was taken on a 
preliminary motion in the legislative committee, but 24 members of that 
committee voted for the amendment which is now being presented to you) — the 
belief of these people, and I am sure of many others, is that we desire also to make 
the leadership style of The United Methodist Church consistent at the highest 
level of the Church with that which prevails throughout. We appreciate very 
much a great deal of the content of the work of this study commission and affirm 
most of it. 

We bring this specific amendment. I want to call your attention to the fact that 
we have already dealt in this body with statements about the general ministry of 
all Christian believers. We have been studying this week the way in which the 
ordained ministry rises out of that and is supported by that in the body of the 
Church and that from the ordained ministry, there are selected general and 
district superintendents. 

Report of the study commission affirms the essential unity of those offices. The 
two are distinctly related, and it is the position of those for whom I speak just now 
that we should make consistent across the life of the Church the pattern of 
leadership which rises from the body of believers, assumes functions of leadership 
for a time, and then moves to other positions of leadership and input. 

I want to urge your free and careful consideration of this proposal to extend 
that principle of leadership which moves throughout the life of the Church, except 
at the point of episcopal leadership. We do not believe that any term episcopacy 
would be in violation of any principle. We believe it is consistent with the 
missional tradition out of which our several predecessor denominations came and 
The United Methodist Church in which it stands in which the style and form of 
leadership varies with mission and time and setting. Now this principle is 
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The General Conference of 1972 commissioned this group to study the 
episcopacy with specific reference to tenure. That body was not to begin with an 
assumption about tenure. Its report includes a report to you about a survey taken 
in which a majority of pastors and laity across the church supported the principle 
of a limited term episcopacy. I direct you to that as a part of the report of the 
commission itself. 

We do not believe that this consideration nor certainly do we believe that the 
action here being proposed is a thing to be feared. It has been under consideration 
for a long time. It has been brought into open and broad discussion by the 
commission's work itself. 

It is an action which would not take effect until 1980 and would not affect any 
present residents in the episcopal office. I would remind you that the nature of the 
episcopacy takes various forms in terms of tenure, in various parts of our 
tradition, and in Central Conferences and elsewhere, it is already in effect. 

I think the question that's asked most which seems to stop discussion of this in 
minds of many, is the question what would you do when a bishop's term has come 
to a conclusion. Now I pause there to let you think about that question rather than 
just shut off debate with the question. What is it in that question which seems to 
dictate an automatic response on many people. Is it that the persons who occupy 
the office of the episcopacy have changed to such a degree that their leadership 
and recognized abilities could not be well invested in the Church in other places? 

The leadership style for which we are contending is that which rises from the 
body, which assumes a specific and highly strategic, very important office of 
leadership in the Church for a time, and then retunis to other places of leadership 
in the Church. I do not believe that the so-called problem of re-entry is impossible 
at all. It is faced every year in every conference with the return of district 
superintendents. It could be faced in the general Church with the return of 
general superintendents. 

There has been consensus on this in the discussion. We're talking about the 
style and nature of leadership in the church. We contend for flexibihty. We 
contend for freedom in that office. We do not believe that either spiritual 
leadership or prophetic vigor and courage are guaranteed by a specific style of 
episcopacy. We beUeve those characteristics are found just as widely outside the 
episcopal office as within it, and we contend they need not stand together. 

We see this not as a step back from a form of leadership which has served 
United Methodist churches very well. We see it as a step forward. We see it as an 
affirmation of the direction in which we as a people in our time are moving, and in 
which the church can move. We think the time is coming for this affirmation of 
flexible, moving, free and vigorous leadership in The United Methodist Church, 
and that this Conference could be a part of its coming. 

Mr. Chairman, in conclusion, I would like to move a procedural motion, sir, and 
that is that when the vote is taken in this body on the motion to amend, which I 
have made, that that vote be by written ballot. 

The Chair indicated that Mr. Hamilton's procedural motion 
required only a one-third vote for approval. Willie B. Clay 
(Northern IlHnois) raised a point of order, that Mr. Hamilton, 
having made a speech, was not in order in making his procedural 
motion. The Chair ruled that the procedural motion was in order. 
A. C. Epps (North Georgia) objected to the call for a written 
ballot, inasmuch as ballots which could be counted by computer 
were available for use. There ensued a discussion between the 
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Mr. Hamilton's motion and the various types of ballots provided 
for in the Rules of the Conference. Mr. Hamilton stated that if 
the option of a written ballot was not available except as a signed 
ballot, he would amend his procedural motion to accept the use of 
ballot cards designed for computerized counting. 

Jerry G. Bray, Jr. (Virginia) expressed the view that Mr. 
Hamilton was trying to achieve a secret ballot. William. B. Lewis 
(Southern lUinois) called for a counted ballot, but not a secret 
ballot. The Chair clarified that Mr. Hamilton had amended his 
procedural motion to provide for the use of the prepared ballot 
cards; the motion was put to a vote and adopted. 

Royal B. Fishbeck, Jr. (Troy) asked a question regarding the 
legislative committee vote on the issue of term episcopacy. Mr. 
Hamilton replied that the vote on the essence of that issue had 
been 24 for term episcopacy, 69 against. 

Dr. Langford spoke in opposition to the amendment. 

Dr. Langford: This is an historic occasion. Three times in American Methodist 
tradition the fundamental nature of our episcopacy has been questioned, in 1808, 
1844, and 1976. Today the issue is before us because a group of persons is 
persuaded that term episcopacy would be best for United Methodism. This is a 
serious matter and would radically affect United Methodist polity. 

What is the strength of their argument? Do they have reason, convincing 
reason? I have studied the minority report as printed. I have listened at length to 
their arguments in our committee, and I find their position to be inadequate. The 
minority report is unpersuasive. It allows a thin description of contemporary 
culture to set its agenda. Rather than discerning a deep mood of Church and 
society, it quickly grabs contemporary jargon, such as "openness" and "change" 
and "democratic styles of leadership," and refers in support to such improbabili- 
ties as demise of academic tenure and term appointment of Supreme Court 
Justices. 

The description is neither accurate nor a sufficient base for such important 
recommendations. The foundations of the supports are unusually weak. For 
instance, they seriously raise the question, "Do bishops have adequate feedback?" 
They find that 71 percent of bishops think they do, 26 percent of clergy think they 
do, 43 percent of laity think they do. This is an intriguing but meaningless 
statistic. Suppose you insert the word "parent" for bishop and then check with 
teen-aged children and neighbors. Or suppose you insert the words "local pastor" 
for bishop and then check with laity and UMYF members. The percentages would 
be roughly comparable. The condition is general, not specific. The report is 
romantic about youth, somewhat saccharin about providing opportunity for 
privilege, rather cynical about age, uneasy about strong leadership, confused 
about appropriate diversity of function, and without clear historical awareness. 

The most serious deficiencies are that the minority report is devoid of all 
theological bases and completely lacks analysis of administrative structure or 
systems of function. It is personalistic, privatistic, and individualistic. The 
question is not whether one likes bishops, or has known bishops who are nice, or 
what shall we do with bishops when they retire. What is at issue are polity and 
power. In terms of polity, we are dealing with no small thing. We are talking 
about the fundamental nature of our structure as a denomination. 

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our connectional system. Our system is not connected because we have boards or 
agencies or bureaucracies — Presbyterian or Congregational polities also have 
those. Our tradition is connectional because of the episcopacy. 

The episcopacy is the center of our system of itineracy. The bishops are to move 
from conference to conference and serve the general Church. This is so important 
that Rule No. 3, the restrictive Rule No. 3, states the General Conference shall 
not destroy the plan of our general superintendency. I submit to you that in fact 
term episcopacy does this in spirit and perhaps in fact. This is a historical 
occasion; the issue is fimdamental; I hope you'll support the majority position. 

John D. Wolf (North Indiana) asked a question about the 
minority report; Mr. Hamilton responded. Mr. Wolf moved to 
amend the minority report by changing the term proposed for 
bishops from eight to twelve years. He spoke in support of his 
amendment. Robert A. Byler (West Ohio) attempted to speak on 
the minority report as a whole, but the Chair ruled that only 
speeches on Mr. Wolfs amendment were in order at this time. 
Melvin M. Finkbeiner (Pacific Northwest) spoke against Mr. 
Wolfs amendment. Erwin H. Schwiebert (Oregon-Idaho) spoke 
for it. It was adopted. 

Emerson S. Colaw (West Ohio) called attention to the fact that 
Mr. Byler wished to speak on the minority report. 

Mr. Byler: I rise to speak in favor of term episcopacy, because of the reasons 
set before us by the Study Commission. If you were to read carefully what they 
are proposing I think they came up with the wrong conclusion because they 
started with a premise rather than with a study. 

The power of the idea of "term episcopacy" resides not in the misuse of the 
office or any other reasons similar to the abuse of the office but in the nature of 
superintendency described in the legislation under study at the present time. 

Under the study, and I quote from page F-11, "Initially, the commission 
attempted to treat bishops and district superintendents separately. It was found 
that such distinctions made little theological sense. In fact, the tasks of 
superintending join both offices and link them together in a functional 
relationship." So that the opening statement, then, of this section is, "The task of 
superintending in The United Methodist Church resides in the offices of Bishop 
and extends to the district superintendency with each possessing distinct 
responsibility." 

Now if the Church sees fit to declare that a six-year term for a district 
superintendent does not hinder the work of that superintendent, why should it 
hamper a general superintendent in a position o